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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 22, 1916)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: OCTOBER 22, 1916.
Omaha to Hear Most Famous Stars in Two Immortal Operas
.N TOMORROW evening at
tne Municipal Aimnonum
the first number of the sec
ond season of the Associ
ated Retailers' Course will
be put on, it being the pre
sentation of Buets im
mortal opera "Carmen." This will
formally usher in-the musical season
in Omaha, and is to be followed on
Tuesday evening by "II Trovatore,"
the wonderful musical drama on which
the fame of Verdi as a composer
would rest secure, had he written
, nothing else.
These two operas are to be present
ed by special casts, the quality of
which can leave little to be desired.
The greatest Carmen of her day, Ger-
' aldine Farrar, will be heard in a role
, in which she has no rival. For Don
Jose, Lucien Muratore, tenor of the
rarest ability, is scheduled, and Clar
ence Whitehill, whose big voice is al
ready familiar to Omaha, is to be
heard in the booming musk of the
Toreador. Helen Stanley will sing
the splendid part g! Micaela, and Rita
Forma, Alma Peterson, Octave Dua.
and Constantin Nicolay are . to have
the other principal roles.
For "II Trovatore" a similarly opu
lent arrangement is offered. Marie
Rappold, a soprano of established
name, is to sing Leonora in lieu of
Emmy Destinn, whom a stern gov
ernment would not allow to leave her
native Austria to wander in the wilds
of the U. S. A. To Leonora Morgan
Kingston will sing the love songs of
Manrico, and Louise Homer, also
known her for her ravishingly beauti
ful contralto, will give to Azucena's
lament for her mountains and wild
wood the tones that make it a song
ever to be remembered. Giovanni
Polese, lusty and full of vigor, is to be
. the Conti di Luna, and Leon Rothier,
Octave Dua, Desire Defrere and
Rocco Franzinl will be heard in the
Supporting these easts, whose
strength cannot be questioned, a
chorus of sixty voices, especially se
lected because of musical qualifica
tions, will give the ensemble numbers,
and the ballet will be supplied by a
competent corps of sixteen led by the
premiere dansuese, Albertina Raschof
the Royal Opera, Vienna. The orches
tra of sixty-five competent musicians
" completes the roster of the organiza-
'. tion. , .
Cleofonte Campanini, known to
fame hereabouts as conductor of the
. Chicago Opera, and at the Metropoli
tan in New York, is both musical and
dramatic director of the company, as
well as conductor, and more could not
be said for the care with which the
operas have been prepared for pre
sentation. ;'... i
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So much for the prospectus. The
; company began its season at Toledo
on Monday night of last week, and
went from there to Milwaukee, and
then to St. Paul, where it closed its
engagement last night. The Bee has
already published special dispatches
from Toledo, telling of the reception
given the organization there in the
operas that are to be sung here. It
; may not be out of place to insert right
i here something of what the local pa
pers of those cities had to say regard-
ing the, manner in which the great
works were presented:
Toledo Blade:. "What a treat to
have so perfect a rendition of a great
-operatic work I Toledo evidently ap
preciates it witness the vast throng
: present and the enthusiasm and in
telligence of the applause. It would
be useless to mention especial points
- in a rendition all so good.
"Geraldine Farrar is superb in her
histrionic and vocal ability. She gives
. consistent and well-rounded picture
' of Carmen. Her portrayal abounds in
deft and telling little touches. Her
voice is beautiful more beautiful than
she lets it appear when she bends it
to help' out cat-like action or emits it
from one corner of a passion-drawn
"Muratore fascinated with the sin
cerity and appealing power of his Don
Jose, of noble aspect and bearing, a
voice of great beauty and power, an
artist to his finger tips. Helen Stan-
KvJ in Carmtn
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splendid work done by the chorus. Its ! compared to de Reske is an honor,
tonal quality was fine, rythm firm and
shading astonishingly good.
"To sum up, it was not so much the
work of this or that 'star' which made
the performance so notable a one in
my . judgment the most perfect one
ever given here but the fact that
from Mr. Campanini down to the last
'stage hand' every one gave his very
best and contributed wholeheartedly
toward making .the performance what
Helen Stanley as Micaela. in ''Car
men" and Morgan Kingston as Man
rico in "II Trovatore" are not so well
known here as others of the company,
but have won golden words of praise
in the parts.
Gifted with youth, beauty and a
voice of unusual quality, Helen Stan
ley will be the envy, of hundreds of
feminine eyes at the Auditorium next
Monday night when she sings the part
of Micaela in "Carmen.", Although a
foil to the protagonist of the opera,
Geraldine Farrar in the title role, still
the part of Micaela is most grateful.
The highest ambition of every lyric
soprano is to sing Sieglinde in Wag
ner's ' Die Walwuere" and Micaela in
Micaela is the good influence over
the unfortunate Jose' (Muratore) as
contrasted with the gypsy Carmen.
She is the cirl from his native villaee
whn Reeks to win him from his evil 1
I companions and take him home. To
her is allotted the duo witn Jose in
the first act and the famous aria in
the third, the first words of which
are: Je dis que rien ne m epouvante.
'The greatest Manrico the world
now has," is the estimate Cleofonte
Campanini gave to Morgan Kingston,
the English tenor, who will sing this
sensational role in "II Trovatore" at
the Auditorium next Tuesday night,
the second evening of the grand opera
"Not since the days of Jean de
Reske has the story been sung so
well," declares Mr. Key, the exacting
critic of the New York World. To be
probably the greatest any artist can
aspire to. Yet the World's criticism
is no exaggeration, tor Mr. Kingston
is magnetic of figure, with a truly
heroic; yet colorful nenor which as
sumes an ineffable tenderness at
times. His acting has seldom been
equalled on the operatic stage. His
voice is of the full, vibrant, powerful
tenor, of the purest quality, lacking
altogether the baritone, color which is
found in so many tenor voices of the
The grand opera special train will
arrive this morning at 10 o'clock, com
ing from St. Paul. It will bring 200
people, and carries four extra large
baggage cars of scenery and equip
ment. On both Monday and Tuesday eve
nings'the doors at the Auditorium will
be opened at 7 o'clock. The curtain
will rise at 8 o'clock. This does not
mean 8:30, either, so patrons are urged
to be on hand promptly at the hour,
that they may be seated before the
performance begins. The Auditorium
box office will be open daily from 10
a. m. till 5 p. m.
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For Mrs. Farnam
ley was not a whit behind in her part
of Micaela. Her voice is rarely lovely
in its purity and sweetness. She gave
a vocal and visual picture of the gen
tle and timid country cirl which was
like a violet in its pure fragrance. She
left an ineffaceable impression.' Clar
ence Whitehill as Escamillo was pic
turesque, commanding and vocally ef
fective; his interpretation was worthy
to stand with the others. And so were
the minor roles they were all done
by artists capable of much bigger
things. We note especially Nicolay
and Dua in the roles of the smugglers,
which they Infused with an agreeable
air of comedy. Mesdames Petersen and
Fornia as the companions of Carmen
charmed vocally and were effective
as actresses. ' '. .
"The orchestra was large and com
petent. The conducting of Campanini
was flawless. The intermezzi were
symphonic gems. The chorus, cos
tumes and stage pictures were of a
high order of excellence. The stage
directing was praiseworthy in that it
resulted in such smoothness and per
William Jaffe in Milwaukee . Free
Press: "Last night's performance of
Carmen was a revelation. It was so
finished in every detail, so gloriously
worked out in its climaxes that criti
cism for once may be silent.
"The orchestra under Campanini's
inspiring conducting achieved superb
results. Seldom have I heard so large
a body, of men accompany the singers
"The highest praise bestowed upon
an aggregation of artists such as sang
last night is that each, one was seem
ingly bent upon making the perform
ance as a whole a perfect one. There
was none of that "getting into the
limelight' so often observed. Hence
the result, a most wonderful ensemble,
which thrilled and completely capti
vated the audience.
"It gives me particular pleasure to
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(Via London, Oct. 21.) Crown
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Japanese of California
Members of Labor Unions
San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 21. First
steps in an attempt to solve the Jap
anese labor problem on the Pacific
coast were taken here today with an
nouncement that nine Japanese labor
unions, to affiliate into a separate
Japanese labor council, have been
formed and that the movement would
be extended throughout California,
Oregon and Washington? The action
follows suggestions made recently by
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor, in a
letter to San Francisco labor leaders.
B. Suzuki, president of the Labor
ers' Friendly Society of Japan, that
fathered organization of the Japanese,
said he would have 30,000 Japanese
workmen in -California members of
such unions within a year.
By 'Phone Edison
! Gets His Degree
Albany N. Y., Oct. 21. A degree
of doctor of laws was conferred upon
Jhomas E. Edison, the inventor, over
the telephone last night by Dr. John
H. Fin ley, president of the Univer
sity of the State of New York, at
the closing session of the institution's
Mr. Edison was in his laboratory
at Orange, N. J., while Dr. Finley was
in the auditorium of the New York
Education building here. The- large
room had been fitted with 800 tele
phones and that many persons list
ened as Dr. Finley conferred the de
gree and Mr. Edison accepted. It
was the first time a degree had ever
been conferred over the telephone.
Commerce Commission -
Washington, Oct. 21. Western
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changes in regulations and practices
governing grain shipments in transit,
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today has abandoned its proposed investigation.
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