[Met Performance] CID:143980
Roméo et Juliette {190} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/13/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 13, 1947


ROMÉO ET JULIETTE {190}

Roméo...................Charles Kullman
Juliette................Bidú Sayao
Frère Laurent...........Nicola Moscona
Stéphano................Frances Greer
Mercutio................Hugh Thompson
Benvolio................Anthony Marlowe
Gertrude................Claramae Turner
Capulet.................Kenneth Schon
Tybalt..................Thomas Hayward
Pâris...................George Cehanovsky
Grégorio................Philip Kinsman
Duke of Verona..........Osie Hawkins

Conductor...............Emil Cooper

Review signed A. W. P. in the Herald Tribune

Kullman Sings Gounod's "Romeo"

"Romeo et Juliette" at the Metropolitan last night was familiarly cast with the exception of the part of Romeo, taken by Charles Kullman for the first time this season. Other minor changes found Hugh Thompson as Mercutio and Frances Greer as Stephano, Romeo's page. The participants included Bidu Sayao (Juliette), Nicola Moscona (Friar Laurent), and Thomas Hayward (Tybalt).

Kullman was an effective, courtly Romeo. He did not try to overpower his Juliette, yet his tones were healthy and masculine, his diction clear. His voice has become somewhat dark and heavy in coloring for Gounod's hero. He used it well, however, especially in the second act soliloquy. There was some evidence of fatigue as the opera progressed, but even there his assured stage presence overcame any minor vocal deficiency.

Miss Greer sang her pages's solo with proper vivacity and some shrillness. Thompson, though dry-voiced and lacking in Gallic elegance, handled his stage business efficiently. Emil Cooper conducted, furnishing full-bodied support for all concerned.



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