[Met Performance] CID:118250
Carmen {329} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/6/1936.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 6, 1936


CARMEN {329}

Carmen..................Rosa Ponselle
Don José................Charles Kullman
Micaela.................Hilda Burke
Escamillo...............Ezio Pinza
Frasquita...............Thelma Votipka
Mercédès................Helen Olheim
Remendado...............Marek Windheim
Dancaïre................Angelo Badà
Zuniga..................Louis D'Angelo
Moralès.................George Cehanovsky
Dance...................Ruthanna Boris
Dance...................Betty Eisner
Dance...................Madeline Leweck
Dance...................Anatol Vilzak

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Review of Marcia Davenport in the March 1936 issue of Stage magazine

The eagerly anticipated Carmen of Rosa Ponselle met with such disastrous disapproval that its virtues - of which there are some - passed largely unnoticed. It seems peculiar that Madame Ponselle did not achieve a splendid Carmen, for she has always suggested the part in voice and personality. Insofar as objections to the vulgarity of her conception go, one wants to inquire who on earth, if not a gypsy cigarette girl and "fille de joie," would be vulgar ? Her finger-snappings, eye-winkings, and hip-slingings were not the trouble with her performance. Her costumes were magnificent, if too exotic, and her vivacity all to the good. The trouble with her Carmen was vocal, and that, for the voice of a Ponselle, is really regrettable. Somebody had coached her badly, with a meretricious conception of Bizet's thrilling music, and had urged upon her deviations from good singing of which it is hard to believe her capable. So glaring were many of these unpleasant novelties that somewhere in the projection of them the beautiful luminous quality of the voice was absent; and Carmen, to us, was rather sad than bad.



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