[Met Performance] CID:144200
Faust {461} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/5/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 5, 1947


FAUST {461}

Faust...................Raoul Jobin
Marguerite..............Dorothy Kirsten
Méphistophélès..........Ezio Pinza
Valentin................Martial Singher
Siebel..................Martha Lipton
Marthe..................Claramae Turner
Wagner..................John Baker

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


Review of Irving Kolodin in the Sun

KIRSTEN IN "FAUST"

An unexpectedly animate performance of "Faust" closed the Metropolitan's books on its seasonal dealings with Gounod at the opera house last night. Part of the life was contributed by Dorothy Kirsten in her first performance here as Marguerite, but even more by Wilfred Pelletier, making one of his scanty appearances as conductor to replace the missing Louis Fourestier. There is, apparently, nothing like not conducting "Faust" to make one want to conduct "Faust" again.

According to her habit, Miss Kirsten was an appealingly pictorial Marguerite, proving that the best way to look like an attractive medieval young lady is to be an attractive young lady yourself. One would scarcely say that Miss Kirsten has mastered the vocal detail of the role yet, but she unquestionably has a disposition for it and sufficient vocal range to match its varied requirements. Her ballad of the King of Thule was rather dull and undramatic in conception, but she followed it with a performance of the "Jewel Song' which was clean, accurate and spirited, with a suggestion of unused power which is something of a rarity in Marguerite's garden in recent years.

The evening also included some stylish singing by Martial Singher as Valentin and one of Ezio Pinza's better Mephistopheles. He can be a superb devil if it is his mood, and last night he was interested enough to be, at the least, a very good one. Raoul Jobin sang a guarded Faust (he is still mending from his recent indisposition) and Martha Lipton did excellently as an emergency replacement for Maxine Stellman as Siebel. The house was crowded for this non-subscription performance



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