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Vintage sonority « parterre field

W. J. Henderson within the New York Solar:

The forty-third yr of the Metropolitan Opera Home and the nineteenth season of opera underneath the path of Giulio Gatti-Casazza started final night when Spontini’s “La Vestale,” age 109, was introduced. The opening of the opera is rated as an occasion. Within the social lifetime of the city it has a particular and full of life significance, however with that this division has no concern.

Sadly the significance of the opera within the musical lifetime of New York is variable. The countless repetitions of ‘Cavalleria” and “Tosca” and the remainder of the hardy perennials furnish little or nothing of worth to the reporter or the commentator, and the chronicler is due to this fact duly grateful when a brand new work, irrespective of how flimsy, is produced or the venerable lifeless “doomed for a sure time to stroll the night time.”

It might not be straightforward to counsel a happier choice for the opening of the brand new season than that made by the astute impresario. The selection of any of the shopworn scores would have triggered the inference {that a} first night time was sure to be sensible, it doesn’t matter what was given. However “La Vestale” was an preliminary providing possessing a component of novelty, for not everybody has but heard it, and stressing the oft repeated proclamation that American singers shall have their day on this American opera home.

The perfect marketed prima donna on this planet is an American, however she is held in reserve for the approaching revival of Mozart’s final opera. In the meantime, let none of us overlook that lengthy earlier than the star of the West was heralded because the celestial illumination of a brand new period in our nationwide glory we had Rosa Ponselle who, regardless of her title, is a Connecticut American. Within the manufacturing of “La Vestale” Miss Ponselle achieved one essentially the most notable successes obtained by a soprano lately. It was due to this fact gratifying to those that rejoiced within the magnificence and compelling power of her impersonation final season that she must be permitted to benefit from the splendors attending the start of the lyric winter’s story.

Moreover “La Vestale” is a fantastic outdated basic opera and imparted an inventive dignity to the event which it has not all the time had. We don’t write operas after the Spontini mannequin now and possibly any try to adapt it to the therapy of a contemporary topic can be to courtroom catastrophe. However the pomp and circumstance of the rating are singularly applicable to the sock and buskin tragedy.

The music typically struts, however it’s by no means vulgar. It has all the time an aristocratic high quality and a peculiar form of vintage sonority which, by a refined affiliation of concepts, persistently reminds this author of gone however not forgotten port wine. And the voice components could be sung, whereby singers can exhibit all that’s finest of their voices and their kinds. For such causes, if for no others, we could rejoice that Mr. Gatti picked “La Vestale” to elevate the barrier of the nineteenth season.

We must always maybe rejoice extra if the pruning knife have been judiciously utilized to the rating. The primary act endured for one hour final night and there are few audiences that may face that file with fortitude. When Wagner created one hour acts he was doing it when Napoleon was nonetheless on the entrance pages. The act might be a lot improved by a curtailment of the excessively sober festivities over the return of the hero. There’s altogether an excessive amount of lassitudinous dancing.

For another motive roughly occult the efficiency was heavy footed. It was not all of the fault of Miss Ponselle for she imparted a lot of the hearth that warmed the veins of the presentation. She was usually glorious in voice and all the time admirable in inventive function. Mme. Matzenauer as the pinnacle of the faculty of vestals strode majestically and sang sonorously. She once more exhibited acquaintance with the grand model. Mr. Lauri-Volpi assumed the glory of the Roman conqueror, however his heroics have been none too convincing.

Mr. de Luca returned to his former position of the good friend of Licinus. He appeared to be sadly out of voice, however preserved his authority of method. Ezio Pinza, a newcomer, orated the bass pronouncement of the Pontifex Maximus and gave promise of being a helpful addition to the corporate. There’s little else to be stated. The viewers was massive, however the acquainted pleasure of a gap night time was absent. There was a prevailing apathy which the venerable basic with its typical formalities didn’t take away. And the overall need of life within the efficiency didn’t are likely to arouse the somnolescents.

Born on this present day in 1923 soprano Victoria de los Angeles.

Birthday anniversaries of composer Roger Quilter (1877), conductor Eugen Jochum (1902) and baritone Ernest Blanc (1923).

On this present day in 1952 the Johnny Mercer musical High Banana opened on Broadway.



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