[Met Performance] CID:97580
Aida {329} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/14/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 14, 1927 Matinee


AIDA {329}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Grete Stückgold
Radamès.................Giovanni Martinelli
Amneris.................Louise Homer
Amonasro................Titta Ruffo
Ramfis..................Ezio Pinza
King....................Joseph Macpherson
Messenger...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Priestess...............Charlotte Ryan
Dance...................Rita De Leporte

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

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the New York Tribune

Mme. Homer Back at Metropolitan for Benefit Performance

Sings Amneris in 'Aida' to Aid Scholarship Fund of Club After More Than Eight Years of Absence

Mme. Louise Homer, who has been absent for eight years and more from our local operatic stage, reappeared at the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon as Amneris in the benefit performance of "Aida" for the scholarship fund of the National Opera Club of America.

Mme. Homer, who was welcomed yesterday afternoon by a large audience, made her debut at the Metropolitan in 1900 and appeared there in every ensuing year up through the season of 1918-19. In that operatic year she opened the season on the evening of the armistice in "Samson et Dalila," and made her last appearance in "Marta" on March 27. In later years, while making several New York concert appearances, she has not been heard here in opera, though she appeared in Chicago and on the Pacific Coast.

Her performance yesterday of Amneris stood on its own merits, without causing need for charitable thoughts of an "Auld Lang Syne" type. Mme. Homer presented a convincing Amneris, the princess as well as the rival of Aida, in an interpretation of emotion and regal presence giving the dramatic contrast of the first scene of the second act unusual effectiveness. Her voice proved a ready vehicle for expressiveness, with volume and substance, if not all its pristine smoothness. In vocal production there was apparent variation, some passages attaining a free, ringing quality, others giving an impression of less freedom. In general Mme. Homer's performance yesterday was that of a notable singing actress and there were numerous curtain calls.

Mme. Stückgold again was a likeable Aida and negotiated the top notes with better results than before. Mr. Martinelli performed the role of Radames with his usual effectiveness. Titta Ruffo was at home in the part of Amonasro, and Mr. Pinza as Ramfis deserved special mention for his singing in the fourth act. Mr. Macpherson as the King, Miss Ryan and Mr. Paltrinieri completed the cast, and Mr. Serafin conducted.



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