[Met Performance] CID:91310
Cavalleria Rusticana {235}
Pagliacci {243}
Metropolitan Opera House: 11/26/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 26, 1925


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA {235}

Santuzza................Maria Jeritza
Turiddu.................Armand Tokatyan
Lola....................Ina Bourskaya
Alfio...................Mario Basiola
Mamma Lucia.............Grace Anthony

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi


PAGLIACCI {243}

Nedda...................Lucrezia Bori
Canio...................Giovanni Martinelli
Tonio...................Giuseppe De Luca
Silvio..................Lawrence Tibbett
Beppe...................Giordano Paltrinieri

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Review signed B. E. in Musical America

Double bills seem likely to reach a new total this season at the Metropolitan because of the number of short works among the dozen novelties promised. But no amount of new combination seems to interfere seriously with the linking of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci," which may jointly claim the distinction of setting the fashion for the others to follow. Thanksgiving night saw them in tandem for the second time this season, each with its own cast of favorite singers, but with Gennaro Papi conducting both works.

Maria Jeritza gave the luster of her personality to the highly emotional role of Santuzza, sang and acted with much intensity, and rolled down the steps with her accustomed virtuosity. Armand Tokatyan was a lyrical Turiddu, Mme. Bourskaya a competent Lola, and the new baritone, Mario Basiola, an Alfio who could sing as well as crack a whip. Grace Anthony completed the cast as Mamma Lucia.

The "Pagliacci" cast was an entirely familiar one, with Giovanni Martinelli as a thrilling Canio, Lucrezia Bori as a Nedda worth fighting over; Giuseppe De Luca as a Tonio who could be humorous as well as sinister, Lawrence Tibbett as a Silvio who not only looked young but was, and Giordano Paltrinieri, the only rival Angelo Bada has as the opera house's chief indispensable, a harlequinading Beppe. As an aftermath for turkey, it was a desert crammed with high notes of the sort that make the railbirds consider Garcia a more important figure in American history than Columbus, De Soto, Frobisher and the whole band of Pilgrim fathers.



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