[Met Performance] CID:83370
Anima Allegra {2} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/23/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 23, 1923


ANIMA ALLEGRA {2}

Consuelo................Lucrezia Bori
Pedro...................Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
Sacramento..............Kathleen Howard
Coralito................Queena Mario
Lucio...................Armand Tokatyan
Eligio..................Adamo Didur
Carmen..................Grace Anthony
Frasquita...............Marion Telva
Mariquita...............Myrtle Schaaf
Tonio...................Angelo Bad
Diego...................Millo Picco
Ramirrez................Italo Picchi
Singer..................Rafaelo Daz
Gypsy...................Paolo Ananian

Act II Ballet - Spanish Dances arranged by Rosina Galli
a) Malaguena: Rosina Galli
b) Panaderos: Rosina Galli, Giuseppe Bonfiglio, Florence Rudolph

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Herald

Gay 'Anima Allegra' Pleases at Opera

Second Hearing of Lyric Drama Composed Entirely of Sweetness and Light Confirm Its Popularity.

At the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon "La Bohme" was sung for the benefit of the Fifth Avenue Hospital. The performance was made especially interesting by the appearance of Mme. Galli-Curci as Mimi. The audience undoubtedly enjoyed her impersonation and her singing, which are not topics for critical discussion since the exercise of the prima donna's art was for a benefit. Mme. Sundelius as Musetta, Orville Harrold as Rodolfo and Mr. De Luca as Marcello were the other stars of the representation.

In the evening Franco Vittadini's opera, "Anima Allegra" had its second performance. There was a large and evidently well pleased audience. The opera will undoubtedly enjoy a considerable measure of popularity. Whatever peculiarities critical judgment may have found in a lyric drama which is constituted entirely of sweetness and light, the Metropolitan patrons seem to welcome a work in which there is not a single angry personage, no evil motives, no human conflict. Every one seems to take kindly to the unruffled amiability of the drama and the uninterrupted sweetness of the score.

Doubtless the merry second act has much to do with the success of the opera. Stage gypsies are always picturesque, and the fair is a good old fashioned array of side shows and happy spectators. There is some excelling dancing in this act and Misses Rosina Galli and Florence Rudolph, with the aid of Mr. Bonfiglio, are delightfully entertaining. The whole of this act is gay in spirit and vivacious in movement.

The performance of the opera was again admirable last evening. Miss Lucrezia Bori as Consuelo, the heroine of the nave story, was a lovely picture and she sang her music generally with beauty of voice and charm of manner. Mr. Lauri-Volpi, the tenor, has found a congenial role in Pedro. He looks the part, acts it with ease and grace and sings the music so that its good points are well displayed. Armand Tokatyan is genuinely amusing as the irrepressible Luciao and does some good singing. Mme. Howard as Donna Sacramento and Queena Mario as Coralito add to the excellence of the cast, which is further aided by Mr. Didur as Don Eligio, Angelo Bada as Tonio and Italo Picchi as Ramirez. Mr. Moranzoni again conducted well.



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