[Met Performance] CID:159380
Don Carlo {31} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/24/1952.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 24, 1952
In Italian


DON CARLO {31}
Giuseppe Verdi--François Joseph Méry/Camille du Locle

Don Carlo...............Jussi Björling
Elizabeth of Valois.....Delia Rigal
Rodrigo.................Paolo Silveri
Princess Eboli..........Fedora Barbieri
Philip II...............Cesare Siepi
Grand Inquisitor........Hans Hotter
Celestial Voice.........Lucine Amara
Friar...................Luben Vichey
Tebaldo.................Anne Bollinger
Count of Lerma..........Paul Franke
Countess of Aremberg....Tilda Morse
Herald..................Emery Darcy

Conductor...............Fritz Stiedry


Review of Cecil Smith in Musical America

Verdi's "Don Carlo" was repeated with the cast that had sung it for the first time this season on March 21. Jerome Hines, originally listed as the Grand Inquisitor, continued to be ill, and Hans Hotter again contributed his characterization, one of the towering creations to be seen on the Metropolitan stage. Delia Rigal had a wonderful evening, singing as she never has before in all her North American career. The earlier unsteadiness was entirely gone. She sang with unmarred line, and for the first time her tones in the middle range came to life with a gleaming, warm vibrato. With her lovely voice at long last in unexceptionable operating condition she seemed truly, as many of us have felt her to be potentially, a great and eloquent Verdi singer. If she retains the vocal gains she has made in the past three months she will soon be widely recognized as one of the brightest ornaments of the Metropolitan roster. Certainly such eloquent, musicianly, and queenly performances as the one she gave on this occasion are rare in any opera house.

Both Fritz Stiedry, who conducted and his whole cast were at their best, except perhaps for Jussi Bjoerling, who began the evening handsomely but sounded tired in the last act. Familiar, and in most cases estimable, contributions were made by Fedora Barbieri, Cesare Siepi, Paolo Silveri, Lubomir Vichegonov, Anne Bollinger, Paul Franke, Emery Darcy, Lucine Amara, and Tilda Morse.



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