[Met Performance] CID:92110
Verdi Requiem Mass {26} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/24/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 24, 1926


Verdi: REQUIEM MASS {26}

Soloist.................Rosa Ponselle
Soloist.................Merle Alcock
Soloist.................Beniamino Gigli
Soloist.................Josť Mardones

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

[The performance commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's death.]

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

Verdi's "Requiem" in Memoriam

Commemorating the death of Giuseppe Verdi, which occurred twenty-five years ago on Jan. 27, the composer's Manzoni Requiem was sung on Sunday night with Rosa Ponselle, Merle Alcock, Beniamino Gigli and Jose Mardones as the soloists, and Tullio Serafin in the conductor's chair. A draped bust of Verdi occupied a place of honor at the side of the stage.

Miss Ponselle, substituting for Florence Easton, who was suffering from a severe cold, sang the operatic-religious music very well indeed, and in the "Libera Me," originally a part of a composite mass in memory of Rossini, her great voice dominated the huge chorus without difficulty. Miss Alcock, in the "Liber Scriptus," sang in fine style, and in the "Ricordare," with Miss Ponselle, she shared honors equally. Mr. Gigli and Mr. Mardones had their innings in the "Ingemisco" and the "Confutatis," respectively, and both sang in impeccable fashion. The quartet ensembles could hardly have been better in any way. The chorus, as always, was superb. Mr. Serafin's conducting of the mass was electrifying.



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