[Met Performance] CID:97700
La Juive {49} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/23/1927.

(Debut: Elena Rakowska
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 23, 1927


LA JUIVE {49}

Rachel..................Elena Rakowska [Debut]
Eléazar.................Giovanni Martinelli
Princess Eudoxie........Editha Fleischer
Prince Léopold..........Alfio Tedesco
Cardinal de Brogni......Léon Rothier
Ruggiero................Millo Picco
Albert..................William Gustafson
Herald..................Paolo Ananian
Major-domo..............James Wolfe
Dance...................Mollie Friedenthal [Last performance]
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the New York Tribune

Elena Rakowska Makes Her Debut Here in 'La Juive'

Russian Soprano at Home in Role of Rachel, Though Voice is of Uneven Merit; Martinelli Sings Well

With a debutante heroine to die the prescribed death by boiling oil, "La Juive" was offered last night at the Metropolitan Opera House for the second time this season. The new Rachel was Mme. Elena Rakowska, Russian soprano, the wife of the Metropolitan's noted Italian conductor, Tullio Serafin. Mr. Martinelli, as usual, was the Eleazar, and M. Rothier was the Cardinal, while Mr. Hasselmans conducted.

While last night's appearance was her first at the Metropolitan, Mme. Rakowska has had no little operatic experience abroad, and played Rachel as one well acquainted with the role and its histrionic demands. She met these very satisfactorily in a performance that was emotional, while not overdone, and effective.

With a voice of good size, Mme. Rakowska's singing was of uneven merit. There were passages sung with a very good quality of tone, but certain higher and stronger notes lacked clarity and smoothness, with a quality which sometimes accompanies vocal strain, although her singing did not, as a rule, give an impression of effort. Her enunciation of French was an asset in an able performance. The soprano won a very cordial reception and received numerous curtain calls.

Mr. Martinelli was in good voice as Eleazar, and Mr. Rothier gave a very effective performance as the Cardinal. Editha Fleischer was the Princess, Alfio Tedesco, the perfidious Leopold, and Messrs. Picco, Gustafson, Ananian and Wolfe played other parts. Mmes. Galli and Friedenthal and Mr. Bonfiglio headed the ballet.

It was noted that this was seven years minus a day, since Caruso, as Eleazar, had sung his last Metropolitan performance - also on a Friday night.



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