[Met Performance] CID:85410
Aida {287} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/7/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 7, 1923


AIDA {287}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Elisabeth Rethberg
Radamès.................Miguel Fleta
Amneris.................Jeanne Gordon
Amonasro................Giuseppe Danise
Ramfis..................José Mardones
King....................Louis D'Angelo
Messenger...............Pietro Audisio
Priestess...............Laura Robertson
Dance...................Florence Rudolph

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the New York Sun

In the evening there was a performance of Verdi's "Aida," one of the dearest joys of the Metropolitan's repertory. An event lending more than ordinary interest to the performance was the first appearance of Miguel Fleta as Rhadames, the young captain of the King's guard. His conception of the familiar air, "Celeste Aida," apostrophizing his new, found love, was finely wrought and admirably restrained. He sang naturally and without effort. He is young, full of vitality, and despite the disadvantages of Egyptian facial adornment he made a convincing young military officer.

The principal feminine roles were filled by familiar figures. Miss Elisabeth Rethberg appeared as the captive Aida, and Miss Jeanne Gordon as Amneris. Miss Gordon was a striking figure in her dazzling new raiment. She sang well, although her voice was colored by a sharp metallic tint on more than one occasion. Miss Rethberg's Aida, imbued with dramatic force and artistically sung, needs no extended comment.

Louis D'Angelo as the King, Mr. Danise as Amonasro, and Mr. Mardones as Ramfis were other outstanding characters, while as of old Mr. Audisio published the news of the Ethiopian invasion. Miss Rudolph danced and again a large audience applauded the gorgeous effects of the new costumes and scenery. Moranzoni conducted a vivacious performance.



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