[Met Performance] CID:98950
Gianni Schicchi {19}
Pagliacci {265}
Metropolitan Opera House: 03/21/1928.

(Debut: Paul Eisler, Jr.
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 21, 1928


GIANNI SCHICCHI {19}
Puccini-Forzano

Gianni Schicchi.........Giuseppe De Luca
Lauretta................Grace Moore
Rinuccio................Armand Tokatyan
Nella...................Marie Tiffany
Ciesca..................Charlotte Ryan
Zita....................Kathleen Howard
Gherardo................Giordano Paltrinieri
Betto...................Paolo Ananian
Marco...................Louis D'Angelo
Simone..................Ezio Pinza
Gherardino..............Paul Eisler, Jr. [Debut]
Spinelloccio............Pompilio Malatesta
Amantio.................William Gustafson
Pinellino...............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Guccio..................Arnold Gabor

Conductor...............Vincenzo Bellezza

Director................Wilhelm Von Wymetal
Set designer............Joseph Novak

Gianni Schicchi received two performances this season.


PAGLIACCI {265}

Nedda...................Mary Lewis
Canio...................Edward Johnson
Tonio...................Mario Basiola
Silvio..................Lawrence Tibbett
Beppe...................Alfio Tedesco


Conductor...............Vincenzo Bellezza

Review of Samuel Chotzinoff in the New York World

Of Puccini's once-famous triptych only "Gianni Schicchi" appears to have sufficient vitality to interest the Metropolitan customers. "Suor Angelica" and "Il Tabarro" the other segments of Puccini's three-in-one entertainment will eventually, if all signs are true, follow the same composer's "Girl of the Golden West" into whatever bourne is set aside for the eternal reception of music that is stillborn.

In reality "Gianni Schicchi," is, in so far as its music is concerned, as deserving of oblivion as its less fortunate brethren of the triptych. It has, however, the good luck of an amusing story and, given with an excellent ensemble of singing actors, as it was presented last night, by fifteen experienced members of Mr. Gatti's salary list, the little comedy achieved an hour's amusement, if not music.

Humor and satire are probably the most difficult things to encompass in art, and Puccini was not among the very few who could make an orchestra smile. His attempts at humor in 'La Bohème" have always seemed to me pretty sad interruptions of the things he was best fitted to do - sentiment, passion and the lachrymose emotions. In "Gianni Schicchi" he goes after straight satire and finds himself quite at sea.

Last night the spectacle was enormously helped by the comic gifts of Mr. de Luca who, at the curtain, stepped out of character to speak the epilogue in quaint, but understandable, English. Mr. Pinza, as the grasping rascal, Simone, was a likeness of a medieval skinflint, and the rest of the rapacious crew who plot to inherit the possessions of the deceased Buoso Donati of Florence were more colorful in action than one ordinarily expects of minor characters in an opera house. Miss Grace Moore as Lauretta assumed her second role with much credit to herself and Mr. Gatti's judgment. Her lovely, vibrant singing was unmarred last night by any deviations from the pitch.

Mr. Bellezza led the singers and orchestra through the humors of "Gianni Schicchi" and the more tragic emotions of "Pagliacci," which followed the Puccini comedy. The latter engaged the talents of Miss Mary Lewis and the Messrs. Johnson, Basiola, Tedesco and Tibbett.



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