[Met Performance] CID:82910
Andrea Chénier {13} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/20/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 20, 1923


ANDREA CHÉNIER {13}
U. Giordano-Illica

Andrea Chénier..........Beniamino Gigli
Maddalena...............Rosa Ponselle
Carlo Gérard............Giuseppe Danise
Bersi...................Ellen Dalossy
Countess di Coigny......Kathleen Howard
Abbé....................Giordano Paltrinieri
Fléville................Vincenzo Reschiglian
L'Incredibile...........Angelo Badà
Roucher.................Italo Picchi
Mathieu.................Adamo Didur
Madelon.................Flora Perini
Dumas...................Louis D'Angelo
Fouquier Tinville.......Paolo Ananian
Schmidt.................Pompilio Malatesta
Major-domo..............Pompilio Malatesta

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

Director................Samuel Thewman
Set designer............Triangle Studio
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Triangle Studio
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert
Choreographer...........Rosina Galli

Andrea Chénier received five performances this season.

[Triangle Studio designed the sets for Acts I and II, James Fox those for Acts III and IV.]

Review (unsigned) in the Tribune

'Andrea Chénier' Sung as Benefit at Metropolitan

The French revolution with Italian dressing was brought to the Metropolitan stage last night in the season's first performance of Giordano's "Andrea Chénier" in a well attended benefit performance for the Italian Benevolent Institute and Hospital. Rosa Ponselle took the part, formerly Claudia Muzio's, of the self-sacrificing heroine, and found it well suited to her voice. The very effective faint at the end of the third act as a prelude to prolonged curtain calls.

As before, Mr. Gigli was the poet of the title, a grateful part for him, with several long arias and declamatory passages, poetry and heroic defiance - and there was no doubt of Mr. Gigli's ability to declaim in melody and excite his hearers in doing so. Mr. Danise was a satisfactory Gerard, in good voice and more dramatic than he has been at some other times this season. Mr. Didur was Mathieu, among others in a long cast, with Mr. Moranzoni conducting.



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