A Marvelous Job
Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West',
heard by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
In the huge Metropolitan Opera House in the West 34th Street of New York, on 10 December 1910, a major world première was scheduled. The House was packed; critics had come, by transatlantic liners, from all over the USA and Europe (including some from very distant Australia). Arturo Toscanini was in the pit; Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn and Pasquale Amato sang the leads. Giacomo Puccini, alone in his box, surveyed the scene. That is, until the end of Act I, when the composer and cast appeared on stage for fourteen curtain calls...
Copyright © 29 December 2010