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“Nothing in need of sensational” « parterre field


Max Smith in The New York American:

For as soon as, although, the overall supervisor, often considerably timid, took what gave the impression to be an important threat. He allotted the principal female a part of “La Forza del Destino” to an absolute novice, to a younger lady who had by no means earlier than made an look of the operatic stage, who solely 9 months in the past, in actual fact, had been singing as Miss Ponzelli together with her sister on the vaudeville stage. No surprise, then, that various individuals, earlier than the rise of the curtain final night time, felt misgivings, regardless of their belief in Signor Gatti-Casazza.

Fortunately Miss Ponselle, for that’s the identify the brand new prima donna has adopted for the lyric stage, justified the religion the administration had proven in her powers, even when she didn’t fulfill probably the most extravagant guarantees of her sponsors. It’s absurd to say that she is as nice a singer as Rosa Raisa of the Chicago Opera Firm. However there is no such thing as a telling what a younger lady might ultimately attain who after lower than a yr of assiduous research manages to seem as affiliate soprano to Enrico Caruso on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera Home. Along with her latest previous in thoughts it should be acknowledged that her success final night time was nothing in need of sensational. . . .

It was troublesome to imagine that Miss Ponselle’s earlier stage experiences had been confined to vaudeville, a lot assurance she exhibited yesterday whereas going through a gathering which may nicely have unnerved her. To evaluate from her demeanor and her appearing one would have taken her to be a youthful singer nicely versed within the routine of lyric drama. All the time in gesture, in pose, and in facial features did she appear to have good command of herself. And this gave trigger for fairly as a lot shock as did the standard of her voice, the management she exerted over it whereas supporting her tones on an ample provide of breath, and the dramatic depth she so spontaneously infused in her singing.

Miss Ponselle unquestionably is a lady of very uncommon expertise, and happily nature has endowed her with a superb stage-presence, as was particularly notable when she appeared within the masculine disguise which this Leonora, like one other and better one, assumed. There could also be distinction of opinion relating to the precise character of the brand new singer’s voice. It has the mellow opulence and heat of a mezzo within the decrease register and responds simply under C pure. But, has her voice the vary of a dramatic soprano? Solely her center tones are barely throaty and her excessive tones not fairly free and spherical of their resonance. Underneath the circumstances Miss Ponselle is a worthwhile addition to Signor Gatti-Casazza’s firm. The Metropolitan Opera Firm was in dire want of a “dramatic soprano,” and final night time’s viewers welcomed the gifted debutante in a fashion that left little doubt of her success.

On today in 1845 William Vincent Wallace‘s opera Maritana premiered in London.

On today in 1903 Eugene d’Albert‘s opera Tiefland premiered in Prague

Completely happy eightieth birthday conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Completely happy ninetieth birthday Petula Clark!



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