[Met Performance] CID:91500
La Gioconda {82} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/11/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 11, 1925 Matinee


LA GIOCONDA {82}

La Gioconda.............Rosa Ponselle
Enzo....................Beniamino Gigli
Laura...................Jeanne Gordon
Barnaba.................Titta Ruffo
Alvise..................Léon Rothier
La Cieca................Merle Alcock
Zuàne...................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Isèpo...................Max Altglass
Monk....................Paolo Ananian
Steersman...............Arnold Gabor
Singer..................Vincenzo Reschiglian

Conductor...............Giulio Setti

Review signed J. D. in Musical America

A Charity 'Gioconda'

Ponchielli's "Gioconda" was sung for the third time at a special performance for the benefit of the Social Service Auxiliary to the Metropolitan Hospital on the afternoon of Dec. 11, with Titta Ruffo making his first appearance with the company this season in the role of Barnaba. The remainder of the cast included Rosa Ponselle in the name-part, Jeanne Gordon as Laura, Merle Alcock as La Cieca, and Messrs. Gigli and Rothier as Enzo and Alvise respectively, with Messrs. Reschiglian, Altglass, Ananian and Gabor in the smaller rôles.

In the absence of Tullio Serafin who was suffering from the results of a motor accident, the opera was conducted by Giulio Setti, the chorus master of the opera house. Mr. Setti gave an excellent and authoritative reading of the score and one would gladly hear more of him in this capacity. Mr. Ruffo's singing was excellent as he was in his best voice and the rôle of the Venetian spy is one of his best. Mr. Gigli won plaudits after "Cielo e Mar" and Miss Ponselle's "Suicidio" was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Miss Gordon was a patrician Laura and sang exceedingly well and Mme. Alcock gave great pleasure by her singing of "Voce di Donna." The audience was a capacity one.



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