Academy of Music
Manager / Director:
29 August 2018
“It is not often that Lucrezia has been produced in a more satisfactory manner than it was last night. All the leading artists were not only in good voice, but they seemed to throw their whole force into their several roles. Medori, always highly dramatic, excelled herself, and called forth almost unlimited applause. Her fine dramatic powers were perhaps never more successfully developed, while her fidelity to the work of the composer was unexceptionable. She took no liberties, as other eminent artists often do, with the music. This is a peculiarity in Medori, and it is one much to be admired, the more so because of its rarity. She not only is faithful to the author, but she does not disregard the desire of the critical public to have the music as written correctly rendered.
Mazzoleni was positively superb as Gennaro. In the second act he exhibited an intensity of passion, in addition to his fine singing, which called forth loud applause. The trio in this act—the gem of the opera—was exquisitely sung.
We have been accustomed to hear and admire Brignoli in this role, and though a comparison between him and Mazzoleni may be inapt, we may draw a contrast between a tenore di grazia and a tenore robusto, and divide our favors with each. There are some who incline to the more elegant and liquid strains of the former; other who prefer the more robust, firm and positive style of the latter. We do not quarrel with the lily because we do not find in its delicate form and perfume the luscious beauty and fragrance of the rose; we do not reject the aroma of the violet because it does not rival the magnolia; but, at all events, we may be satisfied with the fact that we now possess two of the finest tenors we have ever had in this country, hardly excepting Mario.
The other artists were quite equal to their task last night. Bellini was in excellent voice, and sang the opening part of his role with considerable power. Mlle. Sulzer received much applause for her rendering of the Brindisi.”