[Met Performance] CID:80940
Madama Butterfly {159} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/7/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 7, 1922


MADAMA BUTTERFLY {159}

Cio-Cio-San.............Geraldine Farrar
Pinkerton...............Beniamino Gigli
Suzuki..................Rita Fornia [Last performance]
Sharpless...............Antonio Scotti
Goro....................Angelo BadÓ
Bonze...................Louis D'Angelo
Yamadori................Pietro Audisio
Dolore..................unknown
Kate Pinkerton..........Minnie Egener
Commissioner............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Yakuside................Paolo Quintina

Conductor...............Roberto Moranzoni

Review signed B. B. in Musical America

The Final "Butterfly"

"Last time this season" read a strip of paper pasted over the poster for "Madama Butterfly" outside the Metropolitan Friday night. Inside one of the largest audiences of the season heard the opera sung, much as it has been sung at other performances during the year, by a cast that was headed by Geraldine Farrar as Cio-Cio-San, Beniamino Gigli as Pinkerton, Antonio Scotti as Sharpless and Rita Fornia as Suzuki. Of this quartet, Gigli was the least familiar in his r˘le. He sang it with much beauty of tone. Scotti's Sharpless remains a study in poise and the projection of personality. In lesser roles were Marie Egener, Angelo Bada, Louis D'Angelo, Vincenzo Reschiglian, and Ada Quintina.

Miss Farrar's admirers were out in great numbers to hear and applaud her. There were demonstrations and countless curtain calls after each of the three acts. At the end, the soprano was brought back until she made the little speech the audience expected. "You have had your last" 'Butterfly' from me," she said. Some one shouted "There is no death for 'Butterfly. You have made it live." "I want you to have the most beautiful memories," Miss Farrar continued. "For these last performances I am saving to give you 100 per cent standard of what I am and what I can." She was pelted with flowers.



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