[Met Performance] CID:159420
Carmen {474} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/28/1952.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 28, 1952


CARMEN {474}

Carmen..................Risë Stevens
Don José................Mario Del Monaco
Micaela.................Hilde Güden
Escamillo...............Frank Guarrera
Frasquita...............Paula Lenchner
Mercédès................Margaret Roggero
Remendado...............Alessio De Paolis
Dancaïre................George Cehanovsky
Zuniga..................Osie Hawkins
Moralès.................Clifford Harvuot
Dance...................Janet Collins
Dance...................Loren Hightower

Conductor...............Kurt Adler


Review of James Hinton Jr. in Musical America

The season's eighth performance of "Carmen" had Rise Stevens again in the title role, with Mario del Monaco as Don José, Hilde Gueden was Micaela, and Frank Guarrera was Escamillo. Osie Hawkins, Clifford Harvuot, George Cehanovsky, Alessio de Paolis, Paula Lenchner, and Margaret Roggero took the other roles, and Kurt Adler conducted.

The chief elements of success were Miss Gueden's charmingly and touchingly sung and acted Micaela and Mr. Del Monaco's Don José. Whatever his faults may have been, Mr. Del Monaco's performance was one of really large format and great dramatic conviction. His acting was perhaps somewhat broad for an American audience, but, taken on his own terms, he was never once out of character and never less than interesting and intelligent in his conception of the role. His voice was free, ringing, and manly, and despite the fact that his French was very Italianate he delivered his lines with great intelligence and dramatic power. It would be shortsighted to fault so strong an impersonation simply because it had rough edges.



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