[Met Performance] CID:149600
Aida {509} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/24/1949.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 24, 1949


AIDA {509}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Stella Roman
Radamès.................Kurt Baum
Amneris.................Blanche Thebom
Amonasro................Frank Guarrera
Ramfis..................Jerome Hines
King....................Philip Kinsman
Messenger...............Paul Franke
Priestess...............Thelma Votipka
Dance...................Marina Svetlova
Dance...................Lorraine Ammerman
Dance...................Elissa Minet
Dance...................Barbara Hausler
Dance...................Leon Varkas

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

Review of Ronald Eyer in Musical America

The season's third performance of "Aida" marked the return to the company of Kurt Baum, lately returned from La Scala in Milan, where he opened the operatic season as Manrico, in "Il Trovatore." None the worse, apparently, for his long journey, Mr. Baum was in good voice; and from his "Celeste Aida" to the closing duet, his tone remained firm and clear, his regard for the pitch unimpaired, and his feeling for Italian style unwavering. The overtones of the Heldentenor which are inherent in Mr. Baum's voice, as well as in his general stage demeanor, are welcome in a heroic role like Radames.

Experienced and sure of her ground all the way, Stella Roman gave her familiar performance of the title role. Blanche Thebom was seductively beautiful and, in her big scene in the fourth act, quite moving, dramatically. Frank Guarrera provided what may be regarded as a standard representation of Amonasro, ably sung. Others in the cast were Jerome Hines, Philip Kinsman, Thelma Votipka and Paul Franke. Emil Cooper conducted.



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