[Met Performance] CID:143660
Carmen {426} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/12/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 12, 1947


CARMEN {426}

Carmen..................Risë Stevens
Don José................Mario Berini
Micaela.................Florence Quartararo
Escamillo...............Robert Merrill
Frasquita...............Thelma Votipka
Mercédès................Lucielle Browning
Remendado...............Alessio De Paolis
Dancaïre................George Cehanovsky
Zuniga..................Lorenzo Alvary
Moralès.................John Baker
Dance...................Irene Hawthorne
Dance...................Leon Varkas

Conductor...............Max Rudolf

Review signed R. P. in The New York Times

RUDOLF CONDUCTS BENEFIT "CARMEN"

Keeps Opera Going at a Lively Pace in 2nd Full-Length Chore - Berini sings Don José

"Carmen" was presented last night at the Metropolitan Opera House with a new Don José and a new musical director. The new tenor was Mario Berini, who made his debut November 28 in "Faust." The conductor was Max Rudolf, who joined the musical staff last season.

Mr. Berini is really an old-timer in the role, for he has sung it many times elsewhere. In 1943 he sang it in an outdoor performance in the Toreo Bull Ring in Mexico City, and has been heard in the role here with the New York City Opera Company.

But Mr. Rudolf is more of a newcomer. He conducted "The Warrior," the new short, American opera on Saturday afternoon. But a single performance of "Der Rosenkavalier" last March was his only previous full-length appearance in the pit at the Metropolitan.

From the first loud, lively measures of the overture it was clear that Mr. Rudolf knew his business. His directions were clear and decisive, and he kept the opera going at a lively clip. His accompaniments were subdued enough to be easily sung through, but they retained their firmness of outline throughout, being dramatic and melodious by turn, according to the requirements of the score.

Mr. Berini is hardly a romantic looking Don, and his acting contains many stock gestures, but he has a big voice and he used it with authority. His high notes grew a little nasal and his style seemed somewhat old-fashioned, but was effective with the audience.

The performance was the work's fourth presentation of the season, and the other singers had all been heard previously. Rise Stevens was the Carmen. Robert Merrill the Escamillo and Florence Quartararo the Micaela. Other members of the cast were Thelma Votipka, Lucielle Browning, George Cehanovsky, Alessio de Paolis, Lorenzo Alvary and John Baker.

The performance was for the benefit of underprivileged children in Palestine and was given under the auspices of the New York and New Jersey region of the Mizrachi Women's Organization of America



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