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Subject: the real final night at the old Met 1966
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 9 Jun 2018 01:22:41 +0000
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 Ghozel said:

"I loved the idea of created a second (or Little) MET but it never happened."
Well, historically, there have been two such attempts:


Did anyone here go to performances in the "Mini-Met" in early 1973 when the Vivian Beaumont Theater was used for this purpose? Any thoughts/remembrances?

DOUBLE BILL Richard Dufallo (cond); Paul-Emile Deiber (dir)
Ohana  Syllabaire pour Phèdre (US premiere)  w/ Nancy Williams, 
Dido and Aeneas w/Lear, Stewart, Susan Belling (d) and Elaine Bonazzi (d); 


Four Saints in Three Acts  Roland Gagnon(cond); Alvin Ailey (dir)
w/ a number of notable singers in Met company debuts:
St. Settlement..........Barbara Hendricks 
Commère.................Betty Allen 
Compère.................Benjamin Matthews 
St. Teresa I............Clamma Dale 
St. Teresa II...........Hilda Harris 
St. Ignatius............Arthur Thompson 


I don't expect that any listers witnessed the previous historical experiment at the New Theater in 1909-10:
It started withWERTHER (NP)  Egisto Tango (cond)
Werther.................Edmond Clément (d)
Charlotte...............Geraldine Farrar
Albert..................Dinh Gilly (d)Sophie..................Alma Gluck (d)[Time-machine, please...]

Other works presented there, quite a range-- and not just w/lyric singers like Bonci and Clément but with Destinn and Slezak:

BARTERED BRIDE w/DestinnBARBIERE w/BonciZAR UND ZIMMERMANNIL MAESTRO DI CAPELLA w/Pini-Corsi, Gluck & CAVALLERIALA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT w/Alda, ClémentDON PASQUALE w/Pini-Corsi, Bonci, ScottiPAGLIACCIFRA DIAVOLO w/ClémentMANON w/Alda, ClémentELISIR w/Bonci, ScottiL'ATTAQUE DU MOULIN w/ Clément, Gilly, Delna LA BOHÈME w/ Martin
ALESSANDRO STRADELLA w/Slezak, GluckBUTTERFLY w/Farrer, Martin, ScottiTOSCA w/Farrar, Jadlowker, ScottiSONNAMBULA w/de Hidalgo, BonciTHE PIPE OF DESIRE w/Martin, Whitehill









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