[Met Performance] CID:114340
Aida {382} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/18/1934.

(Debuts: Carlo Del Corso, Cyrena Van Gordon
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 18, 1934


AIDA {382}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Maria Müller
Radamès.................Carlo Del Corso [Debut]
Amneris.................Cyrena Van Gordon [Debut]
Amonasro................Armando Borgioli
Ramfis..................Virgilio Lazzari
King....................Arthur Anderson
Messenger...............Alfio Tedesco
Priestess...............Lillian Clark
Dance...................Rita De Leporte

Conductor...............Tullio Serafin


Review of H. in the January 25, 1934 issue of Musical America

Two Debuts in Second 'Aida'

The season's second "Aida" was notable chiefly for the debuts of two of the new singers of the company, Cyrena Van Gordon, American mezzo-soprano, and Carlo Del Corso, Italian tenor, cast as Amneris and Radames respectively. The former was already favorably known to New York audiences, having sung leading mezzo and contralto roles with the Chicago Opera forces at the time they made annual visits to New York, either at the Manhattan or the Lexington. She had also appeared here in concert. She was warmly received and was called before the curtain many times, in tribute to her voluminous and well-controlled singing and her regal presence. Upper tones were particularly full and rich. Miss Van Gordon brought to the role the authority of much experience in lyric drama.

Mr. Del Corso was obviously nervous in "Celeste Aida," but steadied as the opera progressed. His voice is one of a typically Italian character and of considerable power at the top, the more unusual because he had sung as a baritone until two years ago. He made a credible appearance. Maria Muller was highly successful in the title role and was repeatedly recalled. Others in the cast were Armando Borgioli, Virgilio Lazzari, Arthur Anderson, Alfio Tedesco and Lillian Clark. Tullio Serafin conducted.



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