[Met Performance] CID:93010
Faust {353} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/30/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 30, 1926


FAUST {353}

Faust...................Giovanni Martinelli
Marguerite..............Queena Mario
Méphistophélès..........Fyodor Chaliapin
Valentin................Lawrence Tibbett
Siebel..................Minnie Egener
Marthe..................Kathleen Howard
Wagner..................James Wolfe

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

Review signed M. W. in the Tribune

Chaliapin Fills House

700 Turned Away When He Returns to Metropolitan in 'Faust'

The opera season may be old and weary, but it remains conspicuously vital when such a house as greeted Feodor Chaliapin's return to the company last night as Mephistopheles in "Faust" can still be reckoned with. It is said that over 700 standees failed to gain admission, which should make Miss Talley somewhat uneasy.

The occasion was a benefit for the Masonic Club of New York City, and there cannot be the remotest doubt that their profit was eminently satisfactory. Good management plus a great outstanding artist is a combination rightly judged as sure fire. Mr. Chalipain was not, however, in his best form last evening. He dealt cautiously with the music, but if his nonchalant devil seemed slightly more dispassionate than usual it was certainly never for one moment uninteresting. Mr. Chaliapin shares with very few other artists on the operatic stage today the inevitable ability to gather unto himself, like the spears of the valiant Von Winkeiried, the regard and attention of each individual in his audience from the moment he enters a scene until he retires.

As for the others in the cast, Martinelli, returning after a brief illness, sang a lusty and creditable Faust. Queena Mario was an excellent routine Marguetite, and Lawrence Tibbett substituted at the last moment for Mr. De Luca as Valentin and made the role his own. Miss Howard's classically droll Martha, Miss Egener's rather ineffective Siebel and James Wolfe as Wagner completed the list. Mr. Hasselmans conducted.



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