[Met Performance] CID:80500
Le Roi d'Ys {6} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/6/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 6, 1922


LE ROI D'YS {6}

King....................Léon Rothier
Margared................Jeanne Gordon
Mylio...................Beniamino Gigli
Rozenn..................Frances Alda
Karnac..................Giuseppe Danise
Jahel...................Millo Picco
St. Corentin............Paolo Ananian

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

Jeanne Gordon in "Roi d'Ys"

Rounding out the subscription list, "Le Roi d'Ys" was given on the evening of March 6, with the same cast as before, except that Jeanne Gordon replaced Rosa Ponselle as Margared, Miss Ponselle having completed her season's quota of appearances. Mme. Alda sang the music of Rozenn very beautifully throughout the opera, especially her big arias in the first and second acts, and received much well-earned applause. Mr. Gigli was not in good voice, and though his military aria in the second act was well delivered, in both the Aubade and the nuptial duet his singing was not quite up to its usual standard of excellence. Mr. Rothier, too, seemed suffering from hoarseness. Mr. Danise did good work as Karnac and Mr. Ananian and Mr. Picco filled small rôles acceptably. Mr. Hasselmans conducted.

Miss Gordon's Margared is perhaps the greatest achievement of her three seasons at the opera house. She wore the gowns designed by Mr. Urban to harmonize with his settings, discarding the red and purple trapping that threw Miss Ponselle out of key with the picture; she wore heelless sandals, thus giving a "moyen-age" character to her very walk, and in her characterization, was not so much a malevolent creature as a great lady who, a puppet of Fate, attempted to take matters into her own hands, made a mess of things and was sorry for it. The psychological condition is one not confined to the middle ages. Miss Gordon's cat-like crawl across the stage when menacing Rozenn in the second act, was a high dramatic achievement. Vocally, she was superb. Her great aria, "Quan je t'ai vu," was thrilling not only in its dramatic intensity, but also in the sheer beauty of lovely vocal sound. In her Margared, Jeanne Gordon has given the New York public a piece of the great operatic art predicted alter her auspicious debut as Azucena in November, 1919



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