[Met Performance] CID:91110
Aida {305} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/11/1925.

(Debut: Mario Basiola
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 11, 1925


AIDA {305}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Elisabeth Rethberg
Radamès.................Giovanni Martinelli
Amneris.................Marion Telva
Amonasro................Mario Basiola [Debut]
Ramfis..................Léon Rothier
King....................William Gustafson
Messenger...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Priestess...............Phradie Wells
Dance...................Florence Rudolph

Conductor...............Tullio Serafin

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

'Aida' Attracts Multitude

Verdi's "Aida" which always fills the house, did even more at its first hearing of the season on the evening of Nov. 11, and the audience not only filled the auditorium but made the doors bulge out into the foyer. Besides being sung by an excellent cast, the performance was noteworthy on account of the first appearance in the Metropolitan of Mario Basiola, baritone, one of this season's recruits in the organization.

Mr. Basiola has been heard in a variety of parts in the San Carlo company since his advent two seasons ago so that his work in this performance held no surprises. He was, naturally, at his best in the Nile Scene and did, here, some very beautiful singing, bringing out the diverse emotions of the situation not only with his voice but in his acting as well. He may already be regarded as an acquisition to the company.

Indulgence was asked for Mme. Rethberg who sang the name-part although indisposed. It must be said that signs of this indisposition were slight and save for a little carefulness in the high register, really imperceptible. Mr. Martinelli was a fine Radames, Marion Telva an unusually good Amneris and the remaining roles were capably filled by William Gustafson, Leon Rothier, Giordano Paltrinieri and Phradie Wells. Tullio Serafin conducted.



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