[Met Performance] CID:127570
La Traviata {230} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/11/1940.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 11, 1940


LA TRAVIATA {230}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta................Bidú Sayao
Alfredo.................Nino Martini
Germont.................John Brownlee
Flora...................Thelma Votipka
Gastone.................Alessio De Paolis
Baron Douphol...........Wilfred Engelman
Marquis D'Obigny........George Cehanovsky
Dr. Grenvil.............Louis D'Angelo
Annina..................Lucielle Browning
Dance...................Lillian Moore
Dance...................Monna Montes

Conductor...............Ettore Panizza

Review of James Whittaker in the Daily Mirror

Bidú Sayão in Birdlike Voice For "Traviata"

Senorita Bidú Sayão, migrating against the courses of her cousins, the songbirds, arrived last night to warble a sample of the current Summer in her South America into a nice, warm, melodious Metropolitan performance of "La Traviata."

If anything, she seems to be in even nicer voice and feather than last Winter, when her wren-like coloratura soprano, her fetching pertness and pretty dresses to fit her pretty person make her the toast - well, anyway, the melba toast - of the patronage.

For the dress-up act of this opera about Paris drinkers of 1812 vintage champagne, the petite Brazilian had a vast new silk basket-gown the exact color of the violet bonbon in a heart-shaped $5 box of special assorted. The filling was all sweetness, but please don't ask exactly what. Because here is a case of persistent ignorance of what makes these birds sing, why and how. This one opens her throat and out tumbles enough notes to fill a glass and if once in a rare while a trickle of them spills a little untrue, surely that is because those 70 hairy players of ill-tempered instruments in the orchestra pit have gone unanimously sharp on her.

She is bravura to the eye, being a Spanish woman, all grace notes, trills and thrills with her eyes and hands. This is coloratura enough, and a kindled audience called her repeatedly before the curtain at act-ends, no doubt wishing all the while it could call her behind one.



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