[Met Performance] CID:114050

Metropolitan Opera House, Thu, December 28, 1933

Debut : Virgilio Lazzari

In Italian

L'Africaine (69)
Giacomo Meyerbeer | Eugène Scribe
Rosa Ponselle

Vasco de Gama
Giovanni Martinelli

Nina Morgana

Armando Borgioli

Virgilio Lazzari [Debut]

Louis D'Angelo

Angelo Badà

Grand Inquisitor
Léon Rothier

Henriette Wakefield

George Cehanovsky

Max Altglass

Tullio Serafin

Armando Agnini

Set Designer
Joseph Urban

Costume Designer
Gretel Urban

Rosina Galli

Translation by unknown
L'Africaine received three performances this season.

Review 1:

Review of Quaintance Eaton in the January 10, 1934 issue of Musical America

'L'Africaine,' With Some Changes

The many who stand ready to acclaim Meyerbeer's "L'Africaine" as one of the most tiresome of all operas had duly set before them the four acts and five scenes of this work the night of Dec. 28, with the privilege of making the most of it. Redeeming features were the colorful ballet of the first scene of the final act, admirable singing by Rosa Ponselle as Selika and Giovanni Martinelli as Vasco da Gama, the latter new to his role, and the general adequacy of the ensembles under the baton of Tullio Serafin.

Time was when to assign so important a role as that of Nelusko - a favorite with many of the greatest baritones of the past - to a singer who could give it so little of distinction as Armando Borgioli did, might have been disastrous; but perhaps, it no longer matters. Probably, for most of those present, the opportunity to hear Miss Ponselle's sumptuous voice in the slumber song and later in the death scene was reward enough; but they also had grateful compensation in Mr. Martinelli's restrained and tonally satisfying delivery of "O Paradiso."

The debut of Virgilio Lazzari as Don Pedro served merely to demonstrate anew the good qualities he had exhibited many times in the years when he was a member of the visiting Chicago forces. His full and resonant bass voice will have better opportunities, no doubt, as the season advances. Nina Morgana sang the music of Inez neatly and the cast otherwise included Louis D'Angelo, Leon Rothier and Henriette Wakefield, among others.

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