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My melancholy child



Henry Krehbiel within the New York Tribune:

What Mme. Cavalieri didn’t do for Signor Puccini’s opera it appears very possible that Señorita Bori might achieve doing. Not due to her performing, nor even due to her look (for in neither of those respects did she bear comparability along with her predecessor), however due to her superb vocal talent, displayed at essential moments. Within the first act she was distinctly disappointing. Combined with the wealthy organ tones of Signor Caruso, her voice appeared pallid and childish. It couldn’t assert itself in any respect and the little vitality given it by the purity of its timbre was crushed out by the impolite taking part in of the orchestra, over which the brand new conductor Signor Polacco, exercised inadequate restraint. However when her alternative got here within the second act, she stunned the viewers, vital and uncritical alike, by the true fineness of her vocal art-by an beautiful diction, impeccable intonation and transferring pathos. There it was discovered, too, that the standard of the voice, and its excellent emission gave it ample carrying high quality, although Signor Polacco succeeded in drowning it subsequently within the duet with Caruso, who appeared purposely to have modified his personal wonderful tones for her sake.

On today in 1993 Dvorak’s Rusalka lastly appeared on the Met. Gabriela Benacková did the honors.


On today in 1725 Handel’s Tamerlano premiered in London.


On today in 1862 Verdi’s La forza del destino premiered in St Petersburg.


Birthday anniversaries: Born on today in 1883 conductor Ernest Ansermet (1883)
and soprano Gertrude Grob-Prandl (1917).



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