[Met Performance] CID:85510
Faust {334} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/15/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 15, 1923 Matinee


FAUST {334}

Faust...................Giovanni Martinelli
Marguerite..............Florence Easton
Méphistophélès..........Fyodor Chaliapin
Valentin................Lawrence Tibbett
Siebel..................Ellen Dalossy
Marthe..................Kathleen Howard
Wagner..................James Wolfe

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Review signed H in Musical America

Chaliapin Again a 'Guest"

Feodor Chaliapin's unconventional, engaging portrayal of an intensely human and sardonic Mephistopheles in Gounod's "Faust" again drew a vast audience to the Metropolitan on Saturday afternoon. The standees were lined up against the rail in serried ranks, until the very walls seemed to bulge. Of course this assembly thundered its approval every time their favorite devil so willed. Chaliapin had the artistic support of Florence Easton, as a vocally and pictorially agreeable Marguerite. Lawrence Tibbett was the graceful Valentine; Kathleen Howard deserves cordial mention for her intelligent interpretation of the role of Martha; Ellen Dalossy was a sympathetic Siebel.

We have expressly saved the name of the tenor for the last. Martinelli, the Faust, shared in favor of the throng and rightly, for the distinguished artist was in glorious voice. His individual numbers and his scene with Miss Easton in the garden were beautifully delivered in smooth, full voice and thrilling top tones.



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