[Met Performance] CID:92010
Mefistofele {54} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/16/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 16, 1926


MEFISTOFELE {54}

Mefistofele.............José Mardones
Faust...................Mario Chamlee
Margherita..............Frances Alda
Elena...................Frances Peralta
Wagner..................Angelo Badà
Marta...................Ina Bourskaya
Pantalis................Merle Alcock
Nerèo...................Giordano Paltrinieri

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

Review signed R. M. K. in Musical America

A Popular 'Mefistofele'

Jose Mardones had his turn at hurling defiance at the heavenly host in last Saturday night's popular performance of "Mefistofele." The remarkable volume and resonant timbre of the singer's voice had ample opportunity to move hearers, and his histrionic performance was of routine appropriateness. Mario Chamlee, as Faust, was not quite in his best vocal estate, but in the Garden Scene and the closing tableau gave robust tone and much appeal to his characterization. Frances Alda was a particularly dramatic Margarita, arch in the episodes of love-making and a tragic figure in the Prison Scene, where her aria brought much applause. Frances Peralta was a rich-voiced Elena, and Merle Alcock her contralto companion in the Grecian episode. Others in the generally competent cast, were Ina Bourskaya as Marta, Angelo Bada as Wagner, and Giordano Paltrinieri as Nereo. The chorus was sonorous and contributed much to the colorful movement of the mass scenes, while the incidental dances were capably carried out. Tullio Serafin was an inspiring leader.



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