[Met Performance] CID:82200
Carmen {277} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 11/30/1922.

(Debut: Queena Mario
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 30, 1922 Matinee


CARMEN {277}
Bizet-Meilhac/L. Halévy

Carmen..................Florence Easton
Don José................Giovanni Martinelli
Micaela.................Queena Mario [Debut]
Escamillo...............Giuseppe De Luca
Frasquita...............Charlotte Ryan
Mercédès................Marion Telva
Remendado...............George Meader
Dancaïre................Paolo Ananian
Zuniga..................Louis D'Angelo
Moralès.................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Director................Wilhelm von Wymetal
Set designer............Mario Sala
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Giuseppe Palanti
Choreographer...........Rosina Galli

Carmen received seven performances this season.

Review of H. C. in Musical America

A Thanksgiving "Carmen"

"Carmen" took its place in the season's repertoire in a special performance on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day and, while the presentation was not, in any sense, spectacular, it was one of general merit. The Carmen was Florence Easton, who first revealed her version of the rôle to a Metropolitan audience two years ago. She has since made infrequent appearances in the part. Though neither her voice nor her personality is ideal for the character denoted in Bizet's score, she sings much of the music beautifully, especially that which lies in the upper part of her voice. The Micaela was Queena Mario, heard in other years with the San Carlo Company, who made her debut with the Metropolitan forces upon this occasion. Her initial appearance was decidedly promising. In voice and gesture she somewhat resembled Lucrezia Bori. While not large, her voice is sweet and not without color, and she enacted the part with grace and charm. Her success with the audience was emphatic and she was given an ovation when she took a curtain call alone. Charlotte Ryan, as Frasquita, was also making her first appearance with the company. The remainder of the cast was familiar, with Giovanni Martinelli as Don José, Giuseppe De Luca Escamillo, and Marion Telva, George Meader, Paolo Ananian, Louis D'Angelo and Vincenzo Reschiglian in the other rôles. Rosina Galli did some effective dancing in the ballet scene of the last act. Louis Hasselmans discharged his duties as conductor with skill and distinction.



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