[Met Performance] CID:158070
Aida {533} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/22/1951.

(Debut: Nell Rankin
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 22, 1951


AIDA {533}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Zinka Milanov
Radamès.................Mario Del Monaco
Amneris.................Nell Rankin [Debut]
Amonasro................George London
Ramfis..................Jerome Hines
King....................Luben Vichey
Messenger...............Paul Franke
Priestess...............Lucine Amara
Dance...................Janet Collins

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva

Review of Harold C. Schonberg in The New York Times

NELL RANKIN BOWS IN RESTAGED 'AIDA'

Nell Rankin, young mezzo-soprano from Montgomery, Ala., made her debut last night at the Metropolitan Opera House as Amneris in the company's restaged "Aida."

The cast otherwise was a carryover from previous performances this season. Zinka Milanov sang the title role, Mario Del Monaco was heard as Radames, George London as Amonasro, Jerome Hines as Ramfis, Lubomir Vichegonov as the King and Lucine Amara as the Priestess. Paul Franke made a last-minute substitution in the role of the Messenger for Thomas Hayward, who was indisposed.

It was not altogether fair to Miss Rankin to be plunged into so demanding a part with so little experience. Admittedly, the strain of a debut took its toll, but there were further indications that the gifted young singer is not yet ready for such ambitious parts. Her middle range sounded tentative, nor was there enough vocal authority for her to compete on even ensemble terms with Mr. Del Monaco or Miss Milanov, both of whom virtually drowned her out in the first and second act trios.




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