[Met Performance] CID:94240
La Gioconda {89} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 11/20/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 20, 1926 Matinee


LA GIOCONDA {89}
Ponchielli-Boito

La Gioconda.............Rosa Ponselle
Enzo....................Beniamino Gigli
Laura...................Jeanne Gordon
Barnaba.................Mario Basiola
Alvise..................Ezio Pinza
La Cieca................Merle Alcock
Zune...................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Ispo...................Giordano Paltrinieri
Monk....................Louis D'Angelo
Steersman...............Pompilio Malatesta
Singer..................Vincenzo Reschiglian

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

Director................Samuel Thewman
Set designer............Antonio Rovescalli
Set designer............Joseph Novak
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert
Choreographer...........August Berger

La Gioconda received eight performances this season.

Review of Grena Bennett in the New York American

'LA GIOCONDA' WELCOMED BY OPERA CROWD

Miss Ponselle Heads All-Star Cast at Matinee Offering of Metropolitan Company

"La Gioconda" was restored to the active repertory of the Metropolitan Opera Company yesterday afternoon. Those who love serene, sensuous music do not cavil at the story of battle, murder and sudden death when so generous a portion of melody, comforting harmony and attractive stage pictures are offered. Ponchielli's measures may be old-fashioned to modern ears tuned to dissonance and rasping sounds, but to others the score never fails to charm, and the ballet is ever a source of delight. Then, too, yesterday's cast deserved to be declared an "all-star" one, headed by Rosa Ponselle and Beniamino Gigli with Jeanne Gordon, Mario Basiola, Merle Alcock and Ezio Pinza crowding close to the leaders.

MISS PONSELLE IN TITLE ROLE

The title role was sung by Miss Ponselle whose voice, like liquid gold, entranced her hearers and frequently enticed them to enthusiasm. Mr. Gigli as Enzo sang, among other things, of "Sky and Sea" with tones as lovely as they were opulent. Mr. Basiola as the doughty villain and spy of the Inquisition, substituted for Giuseppe Danise, who was indisposed. He has sung better, but last minute substitutions are nerve-wracking affairs which usually take some toll on the artist. Miss Gordon was a stately Laura, whose share of the music was acceptable, and Merle Alcock, as the blind mother, was a vocal treat.



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