[Met Performance] CID:9590
L'Africaine {7} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/10/1891.

(Debut: Minnie Hauk
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 10, 1891
In German


L'AFRICAINE {7}

Sélika..................Minnie Hauk [Debut]
Vasco de Gama...........Andreas Dippel
Inès....................Jennie Broch
Nélusko.................Theodore Reichmann
Pedro...................Emil Fischer
Diégo...................Peter Mastorff
Alvar...................Edmund Müller
Grand Inquisitor........Conrad Behrens
High Priest.............Conrad Behrens
Anna....................Hannah Rothe
Dance...................Martha Irmler
Dance...................Miss Leontine
Dance...................Miss Polednik

Conductor...............Walter Damrosch

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

The special interest of last night's performance of "L'Africaine" lay in the reappearance here of Minnie Hauk after an absence of six years. It was a curious audience which gathered to hear the former favorite. The upper part of the house was crowded, the orchestra was moderately well occupied, and the boxes were half empty. The disposition of this audience was very friendly, but it must be confessed that the effort to manufacture enthusiasm was not crowned with brilliant success.

It is always an ungrateful task to comment on the work of a singer whose career dates back some thirty years. It is hardly reasonable to expect that an artist after so long a service shall sing the old familiar measures in the old familiar way, yet it is but fair to say that Mme. Hauk came nearer to doing that than we hoped she would. She shows no very great falling off in ability. Her voice was never a superior organ. it was always harsh in quality and inflexible. It showed the same old traits last night, and the singer imbued its utterance with but little feeling. Perhaps when she reappears in her old rôle, Carmen, she may achieve the success which was absent last night.

The best work of the evening was done by Reichmann, whose Nelusko is a strong performance, both vocally and dramatically. The other principal members of the cast were Fischer as Don Pedro, Dippel as Vasco di Gama. Fräulein Broch as Inez, and Behrens as the Grand Inquisitore. Walter Damrosch conducted.





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