[Met Performance] CID:140570
Carmen {411} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/18/1946.

(Debut: Florence Quartararo
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 18, 1946 Matinee
Metropolitan Opera Guild Student Performance


CARMEN {411}

Carmen..................Risë Stevens
Don José................Jacques Gérard
Micaela.................Florence Quartararo [Debut]
Escamillo...............Robert Merrill
Frasquita...............Frances Greer
Mercédès................Martha Lipton
Remendado...............Richard Manning
Dancaïre................Arthur Kent
Zuniga..................Louis D'Angelo
Moralès.................John Baker
Dance...................Amelia Gilmore [Last performance]
Dance...................Leon Varkas

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

Review

The young lady [Miss Quartararo] sang with astonishing assurance. She may be the find of the season...She has a voice of size, range and true lyric quality. It is produced with a smoothness and accuracy that make you wonder how it happened that this voice has been so well placed. One gathered that she had not had much formal vocal schooling. Perhaps it is better so.

As for Micaela's music, Miss Quartararo sang it with affecting simplicity. It is deceptive. It looks easy, and it does not overpower as does the music of Carmen. But it takes sensitivity and quality as a singer. Miss Quartararo, who is also good to look at, seems to have what it takes.

Howard Taubman
New York Times




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