[Met Concert/Gala] CID:88920
Tenth Sunday Night Concert. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/11/1925.
Metropolitan Opera House
January 11, 1925
TENTH SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Rossini: Otello: Overture
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito
Don Carlo: O don fatale
Carmela Ponselle [First appearance]
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima
l Trovatore: Tacea la notte placida
Dvorák: New World Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: Largo
Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain
Louise: Depuis le jour
Il Trovatore: D'amor sull'ali rosee
Un Ballo in Maschera: Eri tu
Aida: Fu la sorte
Review (unsigned) in a New York newspaper (unidentified)
Ponselle Sisters Draw Throng to Metropolitan
House Echoes With Applause as Rosa and Carmela Embrace After Duet
The sisters singing together on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House offered an unusual and appealing feature of last night's opera concert. The appeal sold out the house, even with extra chairs in the orchestra pit, crowded in standees until the doors bulged and attracted one man from three thousand miles away - R. D. Grant from Portland, Oregon.
The sisters were Rosa Ponselle and Carmela, mezzo-soprano, who had been a notable factor in forwarding her sister's career. Carmela Ponselle gave a Town Hall recital in March 1923 and sang that summer in "Aida" at the Polo Grounds, but this was her fist appearance at the Metropolitan. In her first number, "O don fatale," from "Don Carlos," she showed a voice of considerable depth and richness, with full and soaring high notes - a slight vibrato, seeming due to a natural nervousness. Rosa Ponselle sang an aria from "La Traviata," and joined her sister in a well-performed duet from the second act of "Aida" - with prolonged plaudits and many recalls, plus a sisterly embrace to follow.
Lawrence Tibbett, who had achieved fame in "Falstaff," was welcomed at length as he appeared to sing "Eri tu" from "Un ballo in maschera." And his performance sustained his recently won interpretation. Another American, Ralph Errolle, did well in "Una furtive lagrima," while the other singers of the evening were Raymonde Delaunois and Giovanni Martino. Giuseppe Bamboschek conducted.