[Met Performance] CID:143650
Aida {487} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/11/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 11, 1947


AIDA {487}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Ella Flesch [Last performance]
Radamès.................Kurt Baum
Amneris.................Blanche Thebom
Amonasro................Robert Merrill
Ramfis..................Nicola Moscona
King....................Philip Kinsman
Messenger...............Leslie Chabay
Priestess...............Maxine Stellman
Dance...................Lorraine Ammerman
Dance...................Irene Hawthorne
Dance...................Elissa Minet
Dance...................Ilona Murai
Dance...................Leon Varkas

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


Review signed J. D. B. in the Herald Tribune

Ella Flesch in "Aida"

Soprano Makes First Bow Here in Title Role

Saturday night's repetition of Verdi's "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera House brought with it the first appearance here of Ella Flesch in the title role. Kurt Baum was heard as Radames for the first time this season and Robert Merrill appeared for the first time on this stage as Amonasro. The remaining principals had been heard previously this season in their respective roles: Blanche Thebom, as Amneris; Nicola Moscona, as Ramfis;, and Philip Kinsman, as the King. Maxine Stellman sang the music of the Priestess, Leslie Chabay was the Messenger. Mr. Sodero conducted.

Miss Flesch's delineation of the Nubian slave carried with it much admirable singing, especially after the first act, where the lower and middle registers of her soprano voice were not projected with sufficient concentration. The higher portions of "Ritorna Vincitor," however, were effectively delivered, and in the Triumphal scene Miss Flesch did some excellent work, her soaring top tones easily dominating the ensemble. The aria, "O patria mia" in the Nile scene was an accomplished bit of vocalism, although the high "C" might have been less cautiously sung. Her conception was well conceived from the dramatic point of view.

Mr. Baum was in top vocal form and his delivery of "Celeste Aida" was uncommonly impressive. Mr. Merrill put his voluminous barytone voice to good use as Amonasro and Miss Thebom repeated her superbly voiced portrayal of Amneris.



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