[Met Performance] CID:159090
La Bohème {462} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/26/1952.

(Debut: Brenda Lewis
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 26, 1952


LA BOHÈME {462}

Mimì....................Bidú Sayao
Rodolfo.................Eugene Conley
Musetta.................Brenda Lewis [Debut]
Marcello................Giuseppe Valdengo
Schaunard...............George Cehanovsky
Colline.................Cesare Siepi
Benoit..................Gerhard Pechner
Alcindoro...............Alessio De Paolis
Parpignol...............Paul Franke
Sergeant................Carlo Tomanelli

Conductor...............Alberto Erede


Review of Arthur Berger in the Herald Tribune

'La Bohème'

Brenda Lewis and Eugene Conley Heard at Met

The ninth performance of Puccini's "La Bohème" was the occasion last night for the first appearance locally of Brenda Lewis as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Association, and it also provided us with the very pleasant surprise of Eugene Conley as Rodolfo. Mr. Conley stepped in at short notice to replace Giuseppe Di Stefano, who was indisposed; and while the American tenor has sung the role with smaller local companies, this was his first opportunity to appear in it at the Metropolitan Opera House. Miss Lewis has been the Rosalinda in the Met's special road company assembled to tour "Fledermaus." But she had never before been heard here with the Metropolitan Opera Association.

She was from the dramatic point of view, a convincing Musetta, and she looked very attractive, indeed, in an impressive red velvet gown. Her full-bodied tones soared easily over the busy ensemble of Act II. In quality, however, they were somewhat edgy and not altogether congenial to the ears.

Mr. Conley's Rodolfo was a delight all around,. His voice these days sounds uncommonly fresh and clear, and last night he permitted none of Puccini's phrases to elude the listener's ear or to sag in any way. The impersonation was youthful, eloquent and sympathetic, and we were altogether grateful for his unscheduled performance.

The otherwise familiar cast included Bidu Sayao as Mimi, Giuseppe Valdengo as Marcello and Cesare Siepi as Colline and George Cehanovsky as Schaunard. Alberto Erede again conducted.



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