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Operatic Quartet
Heard in Pleasant
Variety of Songs
By Alice Eversman
In behalf of its Charities and
Activities Fund, the Beihesda-Chevy
Chase Rotary Club sponsored the
appearance of the operatic quartet
known as “Footlight Favorites” in
Constitution Hall last night. It was
an evening of pleasant entertain
ment which, however, drew a small
audience due possibly to the inclem
ent weather. The quartet consists
of Adelaide Abbot, soprano; Eleanor
Knapp, contralto; Edward Kane,
tenor, and Richard Bonelli, bari
tone. Their program consisted of
solos, duets and quartets from a
variety of popular light operas.
They are experienced singers in
this type of music but received their
greatest acclaim from the grand
opera numbers which were given
as encores. Thus Miss Abbot’s light,
flexible voice was heard to better
advantage in the "Bell Song” from
Delibes’ “Lakme" than in Strauss’
"Blue Danube Waltz” which was
embellished with all kinds of bra
vura passages to demonstrate the
range and quality of her coloratura.
Mr. Kane has an ideal tenor timbre
for a song such as the "Serenade”
from Romberg’s "The Student
Prince” but it can take on operatic
calibre as heard in his singing of
"La donna e mobile” from Verdi’s
"Rigoletto.” His high tones have a
splendid ring to them quite distinc
tive from the mellow, appealing,
quality of his middle register. It is
an outstanding voice that won Mr.
Kane the $5,000 Atwater Kent prize
and guest appearances on the Ford
; and Telephone radio hours.
' In the quartet numbers Miss
Knapp’s voice did not carry over
! the volume of the other singers so
that in "Wanting You” from Rom
berg's "The New Moon,” sung with
Mr. Kane, and in her solo, "My
Hero” from Strauss’ "The Choco
late Soldier," the size and richness
of her contralto came as a surprise.
She enhanced the effect created by
her encore, the “Chanson Boheme”
of the second act of "Carmen.”
Accompanying herself expertly with
castanets, she delivered the aria ex
cellently, if a little slowly, and was
* recalled several times. The ^’Quar
tet” from “Rigoletto” was an en
semble encore that found great
favor with the audience.
Among the notable baritone voices
of the day is that of Richard Bon
i elli, who for more than 15 years
has beep a member of the Metro
politan Opera. His greater experi
ence both vocally and in presenta
tion helped considerably to carry
over the ensemble excerpts from
musical comedies which dotted the
program. He scored a personal tri
I " " =
umph in his singing of “OV Man
River” from Kern’s “Showboat,” fol
lowing it, with Robinson’s “Water
boy." His artistry was shown fur-:
ther in the duets, “Trot Here and
There” fi;om Messager’s “Veronique”
with Miss Abbot, and "Golden Days”
from "The Student Prince,” sung
with Mr. Kane.
The quartet sang a medley from
Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” to open
the program and offered later en
semble numbers from Flotow’s
"Martha,” a medley from Weill’s
"One Touch of Venus," Rodgers’
“Carousel” and “Oklahoma.” The
type of program chosen for this
appearance would not have been so
effective in the large spaces of Con
stitution Hall without the addition
of the grand opera repertoire. In
these the voices of all four of tire
singers took on the power and
resonance that showed both their
quality and style in a manner to
rouse enthusiasm in the audience.
This mounted through the program
to an assured successful climax for
the artists. They were accompanied
at the piano by Elizabeth Causey.
Philharmonic Quartet
Plans Concert Saturday
Spatial Dispatch to Th» Star
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tet will appear at 8:30 p.m. Satur
day in Dahlgren Hall as the second
in the series of Naval Academy Con
cert programs.
The program is arranged by Mor
itz Bonhard, and appearing will be
Ada Kopetz, John Scales, Bertha
Melnik and Max Walmer.
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