[Met Performance] CID:82260
Roméo et Juliette {112} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/4/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 4, 1922


ROMÉO ET JULIETTE {112}

Roméo...................Beniamino Gigli
Juliette................Lucrezia Bori
Frère Laurent...........Léon Rothier
Stéphano................Raymonde Delaunois
Mercutio................Giuseppe De Luca
Benvolio................Giordano Paltrinieri
Gertrude................Henriette Wakefield
Capulet.................Adamo Didur
Tybalt..................Rafaelo Díaz
Pâris...................Millo Picco
Grégorio................Paolo Ananian
Duke of Verona..........Louis D'Angelo

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

Review of P. C. R. in Musical America

"Romeo" Woos Again

The newly attired "Romeo et Juliette" had its first repetition on Monday evening, and whatever subscribers and standees thought of it, they had occasion to be thankful that Louis Hasselmans tuned not his mood to the profundity of Mr. Urban's blues. They had other things to be thankful for. Place Beniamino Gigli in the tunic of Romeo and he may not retain that dear perfection which Juliet tells the moon the stripling Montague owes without his title, but call Mr. Gigli by any name and his song will still be sweet. On this occasion he sang with a beauty of tone that made the frayed scenes of Gounod interesting. And what moon might not be envious before Lucrezia Bori's Juliet. Miss Barrymore will shortly lean her cheek upon her hand, and Jane Cowl is also choosing her costumes for balcony and tomb, but here is a Juliet from Verona who has won the race, albeit her goal was a somewhat different stage. Rafaelo Diaz swaggered in Tybalt's doublet, in lieu of Angelo Bada, indisposed, and he sang and acted with a fine youthful vigor, admirably suited to the role. Between the two performances, Adamo Didur Capulet lost his weight of years, dropped his octogenarian habits and became a more feasible pater of his daughter. Otherwise there were no changes.



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