[Met Performance] CID:97720
Les Contes d'Hoffmann {32} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/24/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 24, 1927


LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN {32}
Jacques Offenbach-Jules Barbier


Hoffmann................Armand Tokatyan
Olympia.................Nina Morgana
Giulietta...............Dorothee Manski
Antonia.................Queena Mario
Lindorf.................James Wolfe
Coppélius...............Adamo Didur
Dappertutto.............Giuseppe De Luca
Dr. Miracle.............Léon Rothier
Nicklausse..............Kathleen Howard
Andrès..................Giordano Paltrinieri
Cochenille..............Giordano Paltrinieri
Pitichinaccio...........Giordano Paltrinieri
Frantz..................Giordano Paltrinieri
Luther..................William Gustafson
Nathanael...............Alfio Tedesco
Hermann.................Arnold Gabor
Spalanzani..............George Meader
Schlemil................George Cehanovsky
Crespel.................Louis D'Angelo
Mother's Voice..........Henriette Wakefield

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

Director................Wilhelm von Wymetal
Set designer............Joseph Urban

Les Contes d'Hoffmann received five performances this season.

Review signed J. S. in the New York Tribune

AT THE METROPOLITAN

Mr. Gatti chose Christmas Eve to present what has been considered a rather indeterminate, if melodious, operatic endeavor. It was a "first" for this season, charmingly mounted and sung with all respect to the vocal properties.

Dorthee Manski, though a chortling and expressive witch in "Hänsel," had never sung Giulietta before last night. And Mme. Zurato, sometimes Nina Morgana on both sides of the Metropolitan footlights, returned to the fold as Olympia. Also, it must be remarked Giordano Paltrinieri showed an amazing versatility in three roles.

It was a performance of fair balance. The orchestra, under Mr. Hassdelmans, waxed brassily triumphant at times, effecting for the moment the tonal suavities of Mr. Tokatyan. The "Night of Love" - a barcarolle if you go to the movies or taste of canned music - quivered occasionally as though the orchestral pit were an excavation rather than a foundation. Static threw flickering shadows across the "face" of subsequent star-decked choruses. These defects were momentary and did not mar the audience's enjoyment of the old favorite.



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