[Met Performance] CID:125130

Metropolitan Opera House, Wed, February 15, 1939

Review 1:

Review signed "N" in Musical America

Rothier Returns to Sing in "Manon"

The performance of "Manon" on the evening of Feb. 15 brought back to the stage Leon Rothier who appeared in the rôle of the elder des Grieux. Jan Kiepura sang des Grieux here for the first time and in French for the first time anywhere. Richard Bonelli, recovered from his recent indisposition, was the Lescaut and Bidu Sayao appeared in the title-role. Mr. Rothier was greeted with hearty applause after his part in the St. Sulpice scene. Mr. Kiepura's des Grieux displayed all the qualities of intelligence and careful planning that characterized his work last season and happily, fewer of the tendencies towards exaggeration. In both the "Reve" and the extremely difficult "Ah! Fuyez!" he sang exceedingly well. Mr. Bonelli's Lescaut was capably sung and well acted. The minor roles were filled by Mmes. Stellman, Petina and Cola and Messrs. De Paolis, Cchanovsky, D'Angelo, Altglass and Gabor. Wilfred Pelletier conducted.

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