[Met Performance] CID:146690
Aida {500} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/12/1948.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 12, 1948


AIDA {500}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Stella Roman
Radamès.................Torsten Ralf
Amneris.................Blanche Thebom
Amonasro................Giuseppe Valdengo
Ramfis..................Nicola Moscona
King....................Philip Kinsman
Messenger...............Lodovico Oliviero
Priestess...............Thelma Votipka
Dance...................Marina Svetlova
Dance...................Lorraine Ammerman
Dance...................Elissa Minet
Dance...................Ilona Murai
Dance...................Leon Varkas

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

Review of Quaintance Eaton in Musical America

A better than average performance was accorded the third "Aida" on Jan. 12. Its excellences were chiefly the splendid singing and acting of Giuseppe Valdengo as Amonasro and the vocalism of two women in the cast. Both Stella Roman and Blanche Thebom sang well. The latter made a stunning appearance in repose, but her gestures were often angular and awkward. The soprano's costumes are not much to boast about, but she wore a borrowed necklace which was said to date back to Cleopatra's time. Mr. Valdengo's newest role was the real news, however. It seems one of his best so far, for both in action and its voice he was an heroic, impassioned captive-king. The Nile Scene was doubly effective for his presence. Torsten Ralf was not at his best, but sang Radames with competence and some fire. His tones were not as velvety as at other times, even in this role which is far from fitting him as closely as Wagnerian ones. Philip Kinsman. Nicola Moscona, Lodovico Oliviero and Thelma Votipka had other roles, and Emil Cooper conducted.



Added Index Entries for Subjects and Names


Back to short citation(s).