[Met Performance] CID:86840
Carmen {289} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/19/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 19, 1924


CARMEN {289}

Carmen..................Ina Bourskaya
Don José................Giovanni Martinelli
Micaela.................Marie Sundelius
Escamillo...............José Mardones
Frasquita...............Grace Anthony
Mercédès................Henriette Wakefield
Remendado...............Angelo Badà
Dancaïre................Louis D'Angelo
Zuniga..................Giovanni Martino
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 of W. J. Henderson in the New York Sun:

MME. BOURSKAYA SINGS CARMEN

Martinelli Has Role of 'Don Jose' in Performance at Metropolitan.
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"Carmen" was sung at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening with Mme. Ina Bourskaya once more in the title role. The repetition of the opera gained a filip of interest from the first appearance this season of Mme. Marie Sundelius, who sang Micaela. Last winter this soprano was very active at the Metropolitan, but up to the present she has been traveling about the country giving recitals. Her Micaela is a familiar impersonation and may be passed along with the information that it is still comely and musical.

Mme. Bourskaya's Carmen continues to be interesting and Mr. Martinelli as Don Jose and Mr. Mardones as Escamillo quarreled over her vigorously and apparently with reason. She sets the key of her Carmen early in the first act and there is a liberal display of the arts of seduction as embodied in the swaying of Spanish skirts. Mme. Bourskaya does not overdress the cigarette girl. You can almost see the tobacco stains on her fingers, and there is smoke in her eyes. Her voice is well suited to the character and she sings the music with gusto if not with finish.

The Don Jose of Mr. Martinelli and the Escamillo of Mr. Mardones are familiar friends. They were quite themselves last evening. There was a large audience, and the old opera, which is always young, evoked the usual plaudits. And Miss Rosina Galli danced. That is always pleasing news.



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