[Met Performance] CID:91210
Aida {306} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/19/1925.

(Debut: Vittorio Fullin
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 19, 1925


AIDA {306}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Elisabeth Rethberg
Radamès.................Vittorio Fullin [Debut]
Amneris.................Margarete Matzenauer
Amonasro................Giuseppe Danise
Ramfis..................José Mardones
King....................William Gustafson
Messenger...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Priestess...............Phradie Wells
Dance...................Florence Rudolph

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

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

Vittorio Fullin's Début

The dark-skinned captive of Verdi's "Aida" had a new warrior lover at the Metropolitan Thursday night, when Vittorio Fullin, the latest of incoming Italian tenors, strode forth from the wings to try his vocal fortune in the American house that is now the goal of every ambitious opera singer. Radames is a trying role in which to debut, largely because of the placing of "Celeste Aida" at the very beginning of the opera.

The new tenor, tall and thickset of build, ample of voice, and routined in action, did not altogether conceal his nervousness, which may have had something to do with traces of tightness and with his changing to a meaningless long "A" vowel, the final word on which occurs the high B Flat of this taxing air. Yet it was smooth and attractive singing and disclosed a voice of good volume and of musical quality. Later, in the Nile Scene, Mr. Fullin sang very attractive phrases and was generally quite successful with his music, despite a little of hoarseness on his top notes. There was every indication that Generalissimo Gatti-Casazza will be able to make good use of him in meeting the manifold requirements of the operatic repertoire.

Mme. Rethberg's vocally appealing Aida and Mme. Matzenauer's regal Amneris were repetitions of admired characterizations, as were also Mr. Mardones' richly resonant Ramfis and Giuseppe Danise's vigorous and vocally stirring Amonasro. The cast also included William Gustafson, Giordano Paltrinieri and Phradie Wells, with Tullio Serafin conducting and Florence Rudolph heading the ballet.

Mr. Serafin's vigor was not infrequently accompanied by a volume of orchestral tone that placed the singers at a disadvantage and undoubtedly was responsible for some forcing of their voices. There were numerous curtain calls for the principals.



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