[Met Performance] CID:83310
Lucia di Lammermoor {111} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/19/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 19, 1923


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {111}

Lucia...................Amelita Galli-Curci
Edgardo.................Beniamino Gigli
Enrico..................Giuseppe De Luca
Raimondo................Léon Rothier
Normanno................Giordano Paltrinieri
Alisa...................Grace Anthony
Arturo..................Angelo Badà

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Herald

Notable Cast in Fine Performance at the Metropolitan

"Lucia di Lammermoor." Donizetti's thoroughly Italianized version of Sir Walter Scott's tale of Scotland, was given at the Metropolitan Opera House last night. It was a gala performance in a certain sense because the cast was one of those which enthusiasts are fond of describing as "all star." Indeed, the Metropolitan could not produce a cast of more brilliant character. There were Mme. Galli-Curci as the unfortunate Lucia, who was propelled into marriage with a man of no importance to her and who therefore eliminated him with a dagger as soon as he became her husband; Beniamino Gigli as Edgar of Ravenswood, the chosen lover who erroneously went away from there and neglected to return til just in time to sing in the famous sextet; Giuseppe de Luca as Henry Ashton, the hard hearted brother who would not let his sister marry the man of her choice, and Leon Rothier as Raimond, who told all the hard luck stories in a deep bass voice.

The was also Angelo Bada as Arthur, the unfortunate young man who married to Miss Lucy only to have knife thrust between his ribs when he was looking for nuptial bliss. The whole performance moved with smoothness and assurance under the rigid baton of Gennaro Papi, who conducted. Mme. Galli-Curci was in good voice and sang all the music of Lucia with her accustomed fluency and her general air of contentment. To violent emotions she is inimical. However, there is no need of them in Donizetti's opera. The heroine goes mad in a very decorous manner.

Mr. Gigli, too, was in good voice and the beauty of his singing was evidently a source of great enjoyment to the large audience. Mr. de Luca is always excellent as A, and last evening he was quite up to his usual standard. On the whole it was a very pleasant evening at the Metropolitan.



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