[Met Performance] CID:97540
Lucia di Lammermoor {138} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/10/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 10, 1927


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {138}
Donizetti-Cammarano

Lucia...................Louise Lerch
Edgardo.................Frederick Jagel
Enrico..................Giuseppe De Luca
Raimondo................Ezio Pinza
Normanno................Giordano Paltrinieri
Alisa...................Minnie Egener
Arturo..................Alfio Tedesco

Conductor...............Vincenzo Bellezza

Director................Armando Agnini
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert

Lucia di Lammermoor received three performances this season.

Review (unsigned) in the New York Tribune

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

It was Saturday at the opera and the home folks all were there - in this case the home folks from Allentown Pa. to see and hear their Louise Lerch go mad with reservations. Miss Lerch was singing Lucia for the first time. Brooklyn and Long Island also sent a joint delegation. Frederick Jagel as Edgar explained this attention. The rest of the audience came to hear Donizetti which was more to the point, for the illogical plot is unimportant when revealed in juxtaposition with those enduring melodies.

It was a performance of rare good taste.. The sight of two young people -both on and off the stage - spinning out the thread of a romantic story, unhampered by any discord of personality or physical appearance was heartening to those who like their "Lucia" in small doses. The singing on the whole was an achievement. Making all reasonable allowances for nervousness and unfamiliarity with the role, it cannot be said that Miss Lerch always struck her high notes exactly in the center, nor was she free from a noticeable vibrato the middle register. Mr. Jagel, once his voice "warmed" after a cold, monotonous duet in the second act, sang with ease and a fine sense of drama. In the "Il dolce suono" Miss Lerch seemed a little too reserved to be quite mad, and her final throat-straining treble was a shade flat.

Later in the evening we learned that Miss Lerch had been ill three days at her home, No. 17 West 71st Street, but had insisted upon singing. De Luca sang a polished, albeit a properly furious Henry Ashton. The artistic spectacle of several brawny Scotsmen - all singing out their woes in Italian was less apparent than in past performances, possibly because of the conducting of Mr. Bellezza.



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