[Met Performance] CID:86640
Aida {290} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/3/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 3, 1924 Matinee


AIDA {290}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Elisabeth Rethberg
Radamès.................Giovanni Martinelli
Amneris.................Jeanne Gordon
Amonasro................Michael Bohnen
Ramfis..................José Mardones
King....................Louis D'Angelo
Messenger...............Pietro Audisio
Priestess...............Phradie Wells
Dance...................Florence Rudolph

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

Review of Henry T. Finck in the Post

AFTERNOON 'AIDA' DRAWS BIG CROWD

The habit of giving extra afternoon performances at reduced rates has been growing on the Metropolitan Opera Company. The reason is not far to seek. There are hundreds of thousands of opera lovers in this town who shy at $7.70 a seat but who are just dying to hear some of the favorite operas and singers for a more reasonable rate. Hence such a spectacle as was presented yesterday afternoon, when every seat in the huge house had been sold and the standees were so packed that the ushers could hardly keep the doors closed.

Manager Gatti-Casazza had been particularly generous. Not only did he offer the most melodious and stirring of all Italian operas, Joseph Verdi's "Aida," but he gave it a surprisingly good cast: Elizabeth Rethberg as the slave Aida: Jeanne Gordon as Amneris, the Princess who is so unhappy because the great warrior prefers the slave's love to hers; Jose Mardones as Ramfis, Michael Bohnen as Amonasro, and, to crown the edifice. Giovanni Martinelli, whose ringing, luscious tones made one think that after all he is destined to become Caruso II. (Don't let Ben Gigli read this.)

All of these singers were in their best voice, the result being a series of solos and ensembles that will long be remembered by those who were so lucky as to hear them. I was particularly impressed by Mme. Rethberg's singing. When she first sang in this opera I wondered why Gatti had engaged her. Now I don't. She is a great artist. I would have liked to hear the whole of this performance-"Aida" is one of the operas I never get tired of - but there were other things to attend to.



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