[Met Performance] CID:97930
In Concert
Aida {330} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/8/1928.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 8, 1928
Emergency Fund Benefit
In Concert


AIDA {330}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Dreda Aves [First appearance]
Radamès.................Frederick Jagel
Amneris.................Merle Alcock
Amonasro................Giuseppe Danise
Ramfis..................Ezio Pinza
King....................Joseph Macpherson
Messenger...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Priestess...............Charlotte Ryan
Dance...................not performed

Conductor...............Giuseppe Bamboschek

Review (unsigned) in the New York World

Opera concerts were the day's favorite indoor sport. The Metropolitan, used to preparing musical hash for Sunday night consumption, decided to vary the menu by serving the whole of "Aida" shorn of tinsel and early Egyptian feathers. The purpose, obviously for diversion, primarily was to introduce to an operatic audience a young soprano from Texas, Dreda Aves.

Miss Aves has been heard before this season, with the Friends of Music in Town Hall, She covered herself with glory last night. Her voice is fresh and flexible, easily produced, and placed with a nicety of expression and tone unusual in an organ capable of so wide a range. The first nervousness, doubtless induced by that sea of expectant faces which has terrified many an experienced singer, abated as the opera progressed and she grew enthusiastic in trying to satisfy Mr. Bamboscheck's orchestral fervor.

Mr. Jagel's Radames began with a disappointing "Celeste," prolonged in its phrasing and scarcely in agreement with the orchestra. He improved considerably as the evening wore on, and in the final duet with Miss Aves gave an excellent account of himself. Merle Alcock was a trifle subdued as Amneris, sometimes finding difficulty in making herself at all evident above Mr. Bamboscheck's brasses. The chorus, socially rather than theatrically attired, sang with gusto.



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