[Met Performance] CID:86010
Lucia di Lammermoor {113} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/19/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 19, 1924 Matinee


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {113}
Donizetti-Cammarano

Lucia...................Amelita Galli-Curci
Edgardo.................Giovanni Martinelli
Enrico..................Giuseppe De Luca
Raimondo................José Mardones
Normanno................Giordano Paltrinieri
Alisa...................Grace Anthony
Arturo..................Angelo Badà

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Director................Armando Agnini
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert

Lucia di Lammermoor received three performances this season.

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

Galli-Curci Heard

At the Metropolitan yesterday Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" was given for the first time this season. Mme. Amelia Galli-Curci voiced the woes of the unfortunate heroine and Mr. Martinelli represented the wandering Edgardo. Mr. de Luca, as the stern Ashton and Mr. Mardones as Raimondo were the other important personages on the stage. There was a large audience which received the performance with expressions of pleasure.

Mme. Galli-Curci's Lucia is familiar to local operagoers and nothing can be said about it that has not been said before, except that the prima donna was not in her best voice, The same unsteadiness of tone that was noted lately in her Rosina was found again yesterday and she again had difficulties with her trill. Nor was her intonation quite flawless, but fidelity to the pitch has never been one of this singer's largest assets. The greatest amount of pleasure given by her singing was that furnished by the quality of her voice and the general smoothness of her style.

Mr. Martinelli was a virile Edgardo and that is genuine praise, because the young lord of Ravenswood is too easily bodied forth in the opera as a lackadaisical person, somewhat infirm of purpose and given to rash cheer in the second act and copious tears in the third. Mr. Martinelli sang all his music in a robust manner, which contradicted the common idea of Edgardo and he, at times, aroused something like enthusiasm.

Mr. de Luca's Ashton was satisfying and musically excellent, while Mr. Mardones intoned his lugubrious narrative sonorously.



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