[Met Performance] CID:98670
Madonna Imperia {3}
Le Coq d'Or {47}
Metropolitan Opera House: 03/2/1928.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 2, 1928


MADONNA IMPERIA {3}

Madonna Imperia.........Maria Müller
Filippo Mala............Frederick Jagel
Chancellor Ragusa.......Ezio Pinza
Prince of Coíra.........James Wolfe
Count...................Louis D'Angelo
Fiorella................Charlotte Ryan
Balda...................Philine Falco
Valet...................Giordano Paltrinieri
Servant.................Millo Picco
Prelate.................Angelo Badà

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


In French
LE COQ D'OR {47}

ROLE...............SINGER...................DANCER

Cockerel...........Nanette Guilford
Queen..............Louise Lerch.............Rosina Galli
Dodon..............Ezio Pinza...............Alexis Kosloff
Amelfa.............Merle Alcock.............Rita De Leporte
Astrologer.........Max Altglass.............Giuseppe Bonfiglio
Polkan.............Louis D'Angelo...........Ottokar Bartik
Gvidon.............Giordano Paltrinieri.....Isador Swee
First Knight.......Giordano Paltrinieri.....Etienne Barone
Second Knight......Vincenzo Reschiglian.....Juan Casanova

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

Review signed M. W. in the New York Tribune

Novel 'Madonna Imperia' Repeated at Metropolitan

Louise Lerch Portrays Princess in 'Coq d'Or' for First Time

The latest operatic novelty, Alfano's 'Madonna Imperia,' was repeated at the Metropolitan last night with the original cast, which included Mme. Müller as the heroine, Mr. Jagel as Filippo Malo, Mmes. Ryan and Falco the maids, and Messrs. Pinza, Wolfe, D'Angelo, Picco, Paltrinieri and Bada completing the list, with Mr. Serafin at the conductor's desk.

The brief work was followed by Rimsky-Korsakoff's charming ballet-opera "Le Coq d'Or," in which Louise Lerch, the young Allentown soprano who made her debut with the company last year sang the voice of the princess for the first time. Miss Lerch is entirely competent to perform this difficult task, for her voice has an even scale and a tonal quality which is adult and not without color. Her phrasing was careful and her diction often a model of clarity. Bearing a false attack and a conspicuous gathering together of her forces for the leap to her highest note (a leap which arrived a little short of its mark) she came off with honors. Another occasion when nerves are not an impediment will prove her abilities more justly.

There was also a newcomer in the vocal part of the Astrologer, Mr. Altglass adequately assuming the role usually entrusted to Mr. Diaz. Otherwise the cast remained as before, with Miss Guilford singing the Golden Cock, Miss Alcock the Nurse, Amalfa, and Mr. Pinza the King, other parts being sung by Messrs. D'Angelo, Paltrinierei and Reschiglian. Miss Galli repeated her thoroughly enchanting impersonation of the Princess, Mr. Kosloff danced and mimed King Dodon, and Miss De Laporte, Messrs. Bonfiglio, Bartik, Swee, Barone and Casanova interpreted the other pantomimic roles. Mr. Bamboschek conducted.



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