[Met Performance] CID:137010
Tosca {266} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/28/1944.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 28, 1944


TOSCA {266}

Tosca...................Grace Moore
Cavaradossi.............Raoul Jobin
Scarpia.................Alexander Sved
Sacristan...............Gerhard Pechner
Spoletta................Alessio De Paolis
Angelotti...............Lorenzo Alvary
Sciarrone...............George Cehanovsky
Shepherd................John Sullivan
Jailer..................John Baker

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

Review of Oscar Thompson in the Sun

JOBIN SINGS ROLE OF CAVARADOSSI

It was a new Cavaradossi who sang (among other things) "E bruna Floria" last night. Not that the words mattered much, for his Floria subsequently appeared in a wig as yellow as the flaxen tresses of Maria Jeritza, the celebrated non-"bruna" Tosca of other years. But there is no accounting for Toscas, and Raoul Jobin could only sing the text as written (though he muddled it a bit later on), irrespective of Grace Moore's non-textual blondness.

He sang resonantly and loudly, particularly when above the staff, and was applauded without stint after his "Recondita armonia" and "E lucevan le stelle." Cavaradossis are all very much alike, and this one was not disdainful of the well-established routine of the part. Miss Moore's storm-tossed singer was just as Roman as it has been, no more, no less; and just as athletic and as plentiful of voice. Alexander Sved's Scarpia was again solemnly malignant. On this occasion, he was stabbed twice, for good measure, by the lady of his desires. Gerhard Pechner took over the part of the Sacristan and George Cehanovsky that of Sciarrone. Everyone's singing was good - of its kind. This was the season's second "Tosca." Cesare Sodero conducted.



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