[Met Performance] CID:146210
La Traviata {296} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/29/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 29, 1947
Revised production


LA TRAVIATA {296}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta................Licia Albanese
Alfredo.................Jan Peerce
Germont.................Frank Valentino
Flora...................Thelma Votipka
Gastone.................Leslie Chabay
Baron Douphol...........George Cehanovsky
Marquis D'Obigny........John Baker
Dr. Grenvil.............Lorenzo Alvary
Annina..................Thelma Altman
Dance...................Peggy Smithers
Dance...................Marina Svetlova

Conductor...............Giuseppe Antonicelli

Director................Désiré Defrère
Designer................Jonel Jorgulesco
Set designer............Joseph Novak, Act II, Scene 1
Choreographer...........Boris Romanoff

La Traviata received fourteen performances this season.

[Novak designed another setting for Act II, Scene 1.]


Review of Noel Straus in The New York Times

VERDI'S "TRAVIATA" AT METROPOLITAN


Albanese and Peerce Appear in the Principal Roles, With Antonicelli Conducting

Verdi's "La Traviata" received its first performance of the season last night at the Metropolitan Opera House. The popular work moved along smoothly under the leadership of Giuseppe Antonicelli, who conducted with spirit and adapted tempi that were always well chosen. A familiar cast appeared, headed by Licia Albanese as Violetta, Jan Peerce as Alfredo and Francesco Valentino as the elder Germont.

Miss Albanese was as dramatically forceful as usual in her impersonation of Dumas' heroine. Her voice, which faded out in the lower reaches of the scale, but acquired increasing resonance and brilliancy as it moved upward in its range, was always used with skill and deep expressiveness. There was pronounced flexibility in her singing of the florid music at the close of the first act, the "Sempre libera" being accurately and scintillatingly encompassed, while elsewhere she was invariably the sympathetic and sensitive vocalist.

Mr. Peerce, in top form, brought firm, ample tones to his manly singing, and managed to make Alfredo a less spineless character than often proves the case in this opera. He sang with warmth and intensity, and nowhere with more effectiveness than in the aria, "Die miei bollenti spiriti," which was admirable in its fluency and its roundness of sound.

The weakest of the principals was Mr. Valentino, who occasionally sang acceptable phrases, but for the most part permitted the music allotted Giorgio Germont to degenerate into pitchless, thick, unfocused tones, as in the "Di Provenza," which was a most undistinguished piece of vocalism,

Others in the personnel included Thelma Votipka as Flora, Thelma Altman as Annina, George Cehanovsky as Baron Douphol, Leslie
Chabay as Gastone, John Baker as Marquis D'Obigny and Lorenzo Alvary as Doctor Grenvil,



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