[Met Performance] CID:82740
Loreley {10} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/8/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 8, 1923


LORELEY {10}

Loreley.................Frances Alda
Walter..................Beniamino Gigli
Anna....................Marie Sundelius
Hermann.................Giuseppe Danise
Rudolfo.................Josť Mardones
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Herald

Mme. Alda Sings Siren in 'Loreley' at Metropolitan

Gigli the Unfortunate Lover - Artists in Good Voice

The season at the Metropolitan Opera House entered upon its ninth week last evening. The opera was Catalani's "Loreley," which Mr. Gatti-Casazza formerly rescued from long silence and propelled into the line of successes at the institution so skillfully guided by him. The opera was lately introduced to Philadelphia where its instant leap into popular favor staggered even the singers engaged in its presentation. It has gained admirers here, too, and seems likely to linger in the repertory for some time to come.

There are facts which belong to the record and have no relation to critical considerations of the opera as a work of art. The cast which delivers Catalani's melodies to the public this season consists of Mme. Alda as the young woman who is transformed into a Rhine siren, Mme. Sundelius as the unhappy rival, Mr. Gigli as the lover "torn by conflicting emotions," Mr. Mardones as the harmless, necessary father, and Mr. Danise as the unfortunate gentleman who into the game of love draws nothing but opportunities to philosophize in vain solos. All of these singers were in good condition last evening and the performance of the opera proceeded with effect and with evident gratification to the audience.



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