[Met Performance] CID:86690
Andrea Chénier {21} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/7/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 7, 1924


ANDREA CHÉNIER {21}

Andrea Chénier..........Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
Maddalena...............Elisabeth Rethberg
Carlo Gérard............Giuseppe Danise
Bersi...................Ellen Dalossy
Countess di Coigny......Kathleen Howard
Abbé....................Giordano Paltrinieri
Fléville................Vincenzo Reschiglian
L'Incredibile...........Angelo Badà
Roucher.................Millo Picco
Mathieu.................Paolo Ananian
Madelon.................Marion Telva
Dumas...................Louis D'Angelo
Fouquier Tinville.......William Gustafson
Schmidt.................Pompilio Malatesta
Major-domo..............Pompilio Malatesta

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


Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

Umberto Giordano's "Andre Chenier" was sung at the Metropolitan last evening for the third time this season. The cast showed two important changes, the substitution of Mr. Lauri-Volpi for Beniamino Gigli in the title role and of Miss Elisabeth Rethberg for Miss Rosa Ponselle in the role of Madeleine. Both were new here in their respective parts and Miss Rethberg sang here for the first time anywhere.

As the poet hero of the revolution Mr. Lauri-Volpi was well placed. His youthful appearance was in his favor and he sang and acted with dramatic effect. His fine voice was sometimes tight in his middle register, but it rang out with much brilliance in his upper notes. His impassioned recitation in the first act evoked much applause.

Miss Rethberg sang the part of the romantic heroine Madeleine with ease and assurance and, again, with no little emotional force and expression. Her beautiful young voice proved to be well suited to her music and she used it throughout with discretion. Mr. Danise is always at his best as Charles Gerard and he gave an excellent performance last night.

Others who added to the picturesque and thrilling ensemble were Mmes. Howard and Dalossy and Messrs. Bada and Ananian. Mr. Moranzoni conducted with his usual skill. The enthusiastic audience crowded the auditorium.



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