[Met Performance] CID:103730

Metropolitan Opera House, Sat, December 21, 1929

Review 1:

Review of Walter Kramer in Musical America

Grace Moore as Manon

The first appearance of Grace Moore in the role of Manon in Massenet's opera at the Metropolitan on Saturday night, Dec. 21, brought a marked success for that versatile native singer, Incidentally, Miss Moore was the first American to assay the role on this stage since Geraldine Farrar. In the main, the music of this heroine lay well within the scope of her voice, and she brought to the role pictorial charm of considerable intensity of expression and many well-considered bits of business - a notable instance being the effective rendition of the "Table" aria. She had many curtain calls, including a number after the opera. Beniamino Gigli was Des Grieux, one of his best parts, to which he brought on this occasion a mellow vocalism of the finest sort. Mario Basiola was a competent, if not outstanding, Lescaut; and Leon Rothier a distinguished Count Des Grieux. Others in the large cast were Doninelli, Egener, Flexer and Gola, and Messrs. Bada, Cehanovsky, Ananian, Windheim, Gabor and D'Angelo. Louis Hasselmams led the generally smoothly moving performance.

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