[Met Performance] CID:136950
Cavalleria Rusticana {324}
Pagliacci {363}
Metropolitan Opera House: 02/23/1944.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 23, 1944


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA {324}

Santuzza................Ella Flesch
Turiddu.................Armand Tokatyan
Lola....................Helen Olheim
Alfio...................Alexander Sved
Mamma Lucia.............Thelma Votipka

Conductor...............Cesare Sodero


Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
Dancers: Marina Svetlova, Monna Montes, Nina Youskevitch,
Michael Arshansky, Alexis Dolinoff, Leon Varkas,

Conductor...............Wilfred Pelletier


PAGLIACCI {363}

Nedda...................Licia Albanese
Canio...................Raoul Jobin
Tonio...................Lawrence Tibbett
Silvio..................Walter Cassel
Beppe...................Alessio De Paolis

Conductor...............Cesare Sodero

Review of Oscar Thompson in the Sun

ELLA FLESCH SINGS ROLE OF SANTUZZA

The Metropolitan presented a new Santuzza last night in Mascagni's part of what was styled a triple bill, because of the Polovetzian Dances from Borodin's "Prince Igor" being interlarded again between "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." The first time heroine of "Cavalleria" was Ella Flesch, who made an emergency debut in the title role of Strauss's "Salome" last month.

The Hungarian-born soprano sang agreeably and there was sound routine in her characterization. She was not overwhelmed by Cesare Sodero's orchestra, as she sometimes had been by George Szell's "Salome" ensemble. Her upper tones were particularly clear and resonant. Armand Tokatyan returned to the mellifluous brutalities of Turridu and accomplished them with his customary sang-froid. The avenger Alfio was again the big-voiced Alexander Sved. Lola was given warmth of tone by Helen Olheim, and Thelma Votipka cared appropriately for Mama Lucia.

The cast for "Pagliacci" was a familiar one, including Licia Albanese, Raoul Jobin, Lawrence Tibbett, Alessio de Paolis and Walter Cassel.



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