[Met Performance] CID:138100
Il Trovatore {223} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/6/1944.

(Debut: Regina Resnik
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 6, 1944


IL TROVATORE {223}
Giuseppe Verdi--Salvatore Cammarano

Manrico.................Kurt Baum
Leonora.................Regina Resnik [Debut]
Count Di Luna...........Leonard Warren
Azucena.................Margaret Harshaw
Ferrando................Virgilio Lazzari
Ines....................Maxine Stellman
Ruiz....................Lodovico Oliviero
Gypsy...................John Baker

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

Director................Herbert Graf
Set designer............Harry Horner
Costume designer........Mary Percy Schenck

Il Trovatore received five performances this season.

Review of Mark A. Schubart in The New York Times

Miss Resnik, who is still in her early twenties, was notified to appear just twenty-four hours before curtain time when it was learned that Zinka Milanov was ill. With only one and a quarter hours' rehearsal she took over the difficult role and won several ovations for her efforts.

All things considered, Miss Resnik's debut was an auspicious one. She has a strong, clear soprano which, though occasionally marred by a tremolo, is both agile enough for the florid passages allotted to Leonora and forceful enough for the dramatic ones. Her conception of the role is naturally not a mature one, but she brings to the music considerable freshness and vitality. Some of her best singing came in the fourth act aria, "D'amor sull'ali rosee," whose passage-work was nimbly overcome and whose dramatic sentiments were expertly conveyed. One remarkable feature of Miss Resnik's performance was that despite the impromptu quality of her appearance, she handled herself on the stage with confidence and authority."


Photograph of Regina Resnik as Leonora by Graphic House.



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