[Met Performance] CID:85280
Madama Butterfly {169} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/28/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 28, 1923


MADAMA BUTTERFLY {169}

Cio-Cio-San.............Elisabeth Rethberg
Pinkerton...............Giovanni Martinelli
Suzuki..................Marion Telva
Sharpless...............Giuseppe De Luca
Goro....................Angelo BadÓ
Bonze...................William Gustafson
Yamadori................Pietro Audisio
Dolore..................Giuseppe De Luca
Kate Pinkerton..........Phradie Wells
Commissioner............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Yakuside................Paolo Quintina

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

Review of Bernard Rogers in Musical America

A New "Cio-Cio-San"

A new Cio-Cio-San came to the Metropolitan stage on Wednesday evening of last week in the person of Elisabeth Rethberg. The latter's vocal endowments are by now familiar even to the least discriminating as the heroine of Puccini's popular opera of Japan, Mme. Rethberg showed histrionic accomplishments of no mean order. But it was her fresh, clear and always beautiful voice that held one as in a spell. Lovely to hear were this Butterfly's joys and plaints. In the duet with Pinkerton which ends Act. I Mme. Rethberg sang with most exquisite lyric art, while the "Un bel di vedremo" air and scene had convincing dramatic intensity. She was given an ovation after the well-known song. A fine, a really capital interpretation of the popular r˘le.

The other leading parts as well were in most competent hands. Mr. Martinelli was a manly-appearing Pinkerton, and one who sang with both fire and polished art. Mr. De Luca was a genial Consul, rich in voice; Marion Telva was satisfying as Suzuki, Mr. Bada an excellent Goro, and the other roles were safely entrusted to Phradie Wells, Pietro Audisio, William Gustafson, Vincenzo Reschiglian and Paolo Quintana. Mr. Moranzoni conducted.



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