[Met Performance] CID:146380
Carmen {432} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/17/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 17, 1947


CARMEN {432}

Carmen..................Irra Petina
Don José................Kurt Baum
Micaela.................Nadine Conner
Escamillo...............Martial Singher
Frasquita...............Thelma Votipka
Mercédès................Martha Lipton
Remendado...............Alessio De Paolis
Dancaïre................George Cehanovsky
Zuniga..................Lorenzo Alvary
Moralès.................Clifford Harvuot
Dance...................Aida Alvarez
Dance...................Leon Varkas

Conductor...............Louis Fourestier

Review of Quaintance Eaton in the January 1, 1948 issue of Musical America

The return to the company of Irra Petina was the news and the excellence of the third performance of "Carmen" on Dec. 17. The comely mezzo, who has been absent several seasons chiefly as the star of" Song of Norway," is welcome again. Her years away have helped her voice, if anything, for it is one of the most pleasant on the opera stage today, rich and full and under perfect control. Her impersonation seemed studiedly cool in the first two acts, perhaps from a wish not to be accused of over-acting - a commendable attitude if true. But in the Card Scene she warmed up to a portrayal which has not recently been equaled in fierce despair musically embodied. And from there her acting was fiery and convincing. Also new to the cast were Nadine Conner as a sweet-voiced and appealing Micaela, and Lorenzo Alvary as an excellent Zuniga. Frances Greer was the Frasquita for the first time this season. Repeating their roles were Martha Lipton as Mercedes, Kurt Baum as Jose and Martial Singher as Escamillo. Louis Fourestier conducted.



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