[Met Performance] CID:153050
Aida {520} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/3/1950.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 3, 1950 Matinee
Metropolitan Opera Guild Student Performance


AIDA {520}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Gertrude Ribla
Radamès.................Frederick Jagel
Amneris.................Martha Lipton
Amonasro................Frank Valentino
Ramfis..................Luben Vichey
King....................Lorenzo Alvary
Messenger...............Paul Franke
Priestess...............Anne Bollinger
Dance...................Lorraine Ammerman
Dance...................Barbara Hausler
Dance...................Audrey Keane
Dance...................Elissa Minet
Dance...................Leon Varkas

Conductor...............Max Rudolf


Review of Cecil Smith in Musical America

In this matinee for school children, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lubomir Vichegonov sang the role of Ramfis for the first time, and several other artists sang their parts for the first time this season-Martha Lipton, as Amneris (appearing in the role for only the second time, after a lapse of two years); Frederick Jagel, as Radames; and Lorenzo Alvary, as King of Egypt. Max Rudolf conducted Verdi's opera for the first time this season. Members of earlier casts were Gertrude Ribla in the title role; Francesco Valentino as Amonasro, Anne Bollinger as the Priestess, and Paul Franke as the Messenger.

Mr. Rudolf's achievement was most distinguished. To an unrehearsed performance he gave rhythmic firmness and élan, unusually successful balance between the voices and the orchestra, and tempos that were both judicious and theatrically appropriate. The players were even enabled to recover various expressive nuances they have been forgetting for a number of years.

Miss Lipton's Amneris was always musicianly, but it was small in vocal
scale and stiff in movement. She seemed to rely on learned devices of gesture rather than on genuine characterization. Mr. Vichegonov's Ramfis sounded sonorous, as nearly every Ramfis does, but he appeared to have no special convictions to give the role fresh importance.

Mr. Jagel, as for many seasons was again an admirable Radames singing with far more artistry of phrasing and effectiveness of impact than most of his contemporaries in the role, and making the warrior a credible stage figure. Mr. Alvary's King was sufficiently regal, and he vouchsafed some of his best singing
of the year.

Miss Ribla sang with an intensity and sincerity that were nothing short of thrilling, and acted with uncommon skill and consistency.



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