[Met Performance] CID:86760
Carmen {288} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/13/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 13, 1924 Matinee


CARMEN {288}

Carmen..................Ina Bourskaya
Don José................Giovanni Martinelli
Micaela.................Queena Mario
Escamillo...............José Mardones
Frasquita...............Mary Mellish
Mercédès................Henriette Wakefield
Remendado...............Angelo Badà
Dancaïre................Louis D'Angelo
Zuniga..................James Wolfe
Moralès.................Arnold Gabor

Act IV Ballet - Arranged by Rosina Galli, Premiere Danseuse

1. Entrance of Farandole: Corps de Ballet
2. "Petit Mari, Petite Femme" ("Jeux d'Enfant"): Rosina Galli, Giuseppe Bonfiglio
3. Fan Dance: Florence Rudolph, Florence McNally, Rita De Leporte, Jessie York,
Jessie Rogge, Lilyan Ogden, Florence Glover, Ruth Viemeister
4. Bolero (Serenade Espagnole): Rosina Galli, Giuseppe Bonfiglio
5. Farandole: Rosina Galli, Giuseppe Bonfiglio, Corps de Ballet

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

Review (unsigned) in the Tribune

Ina Bourskaya, as Russian Carmen, Again Wins Favor

Mezzo-Soprano Shows Improvement in Matineé Performance of Bizet Opera at the Metropolitan

There was a Russian Carmen at yesterday afternoon's performance of the Bizet opera at the Metropolitan - Ina Bourskaya, who had made her Metropolitan début in that role slightly over a year ago. Mme. Bourskaya gave a very creditable performance yesterday, with singing that showed improvement over a year ago. A certain richness in her mezzo-soprano was more obvious than before, with a clearly more fluent tone. Her Carmen did not seem to be a particularly aggressive one, Don José being led on rather than pursued; but, with this comparative reserve, Mme. Bourskaya's performance seemed effective.

Mr. Martinelli played his familiar part of Don José, with Mr. Mardones a very respectable Escamillo. Queena Mario was an appealing Micaela, and James Wolf's Zuniga possessed distinct animation and vocal strength. Mmes. Mellish and Wakefield were Frasquita and Mercedes, with Mr. Gabor as Morales, and Messers D'Angelo and Bada as the bandits. Mr. Hasselmans conducted, while the new ballet had its usual sumptuousness. A naval contingent of about one hundred and twenty-five officers and men, invited by Mr. Otto Kahn, were among the large audience.



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