[Met Performance] CID:91840
La Juive {38} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/4/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 4, 1926


LA JUIVE {38}

Rachel..................Rosa Ponselle
Eléazar.................Giovanni Martinelli
Princess Eudoxie........Nina Morgana
Prince Léopold..........Ralph Errolle
Cardinal de Brogni......Léon Rothier
Ruggiero................Arnold Gabor
Albert..................Louis D'Angelo
Herald..................Paolo Ananian
Major-domo..............James Wolfe
Dance...................Florence Rudolph
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

'La Juive' Repeated

The week opened with Halévy's "La Juive" with Rosa Ponselle in the name-part, Martinelli as Eleazar, Ralph Errolle as Leopold, Leon Rothier as Cardinal Brogni, and Nina Morgana making her first appearance this season and also her first on any stage as Eudoxie. The smaller roles were filled by Messrs. Gabor, D'Angelo, Ananian and Wolfe. Louis Hasselmans conducted.

As a whole, the performance was interesting. Mr. Martinelli has developed Eleazar very delightfully and besides singing it with fine art he has made the dramatic side of the rôle a character part while keeping it well within the limits of dignity. Miss Ponselle atoned for sartorial extravagances by some splendid singing and her superb voice never sounded to better advantage. Mme. Morgana did all possible with one of the many utterly thankless operatic roles and in the third and fourth acts particularly, her singing was excellent. Mr. Rothier made the Cardinal a tragic pastel and sang in his accustomed good style. Mr. Errolle's Leopold was about the best heard at the Metropolitan. Mr. Hasselman's conducting was not particularly inspiring. The ballet, less effective than that of the early performances of the revival, was interesting with Florence Rudolph and Giuseppe Bonfiglio as the soloists.



Added Index Entries for Subjects and Names


Back to short citation(s).