[Met Performance] CID:83710
La Traviata {119} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/19/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 19, 1923


LA TRAVIATA {119}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta................Lucrezia Bori
Alfredo.................Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
Germont.................Giuseppe De Luca
Flora...................Grace Anthony
Gastone.................Angelo BadÓ
Baron Douphol...........Millo Picco
Marquis D'Obigny........Louis D'Angelo
Dr. Grenvil.............Italo Picchi
Annina..................Marie Mattfeld
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Florence Rudolph

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


Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

There is nothing amusing in Verdi's "La Traviata," and opera audiences when it is performed usually bear in mind the words of Mark Antony: "If you have tears, prepare to shed them now." But doubtless last evening some of the merry jesters declared that when Violetta Valery began to cough it was no wonder. "What would you expect in such changeable weather as we are having?" But Violetta did not overdo the cough. She was impersonated by Miss Lucrezia Bori, who is a most charming Violetta and acts the role with much skill and judgment.

In the festal first scene she was a beautiful vision, a little bored till Alfredo began to pique her curiosity, then alive with hectic gayety and radiating bewitching smiles. Miss Bori is an artist in costume, and her first act frock was a study in evening display in the '40s. She indicated clearly the sorrow of the woman at being forced to part from her lover and the despair at the futile reunion.

But Miss Bori was not vocally in her best form. It must be confessed that at no time is she a brilliant exponent of florid song, but she has hitherto disposed of the difficulties in the first scene with more certainty, or at least a more successful use of expedients, than she did last evening. In the later scenes where it was all plain chant she succeeded better.

Mr. Lauri-Volpi, the Alfredo, seemed also to be a little below par and also at times a little below pitch. But for the most part he sang with pleasure to the audience and received almost as much applause as the soprano. Mr. de Luca was, as he always is, a competent Germont. The minor parts were well done as usual. Mr. Moranzoni conducted.



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