[Met Performance] CID:159550
Don Carlo {33} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/9/1952.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 9, 1952
In Italian


DON CARLO {33}
Giuseppe Verdi--François Joseph Méry/Camille du Locle

Don Carlo...............Jussi Björling
Elizabeth of Valois.....Eleanor Steber
Rodrigo.................Robert Merrill
Princess Eboli..........Regina Resnik
Philip II...............Jerome Hines
Grand Inquisitor........Nicola Moscona
Celestial Voice.........Lucine Amara
Friar...................Luben Vichey
Tebaldo.................Anne Bollinger
Count of Lerma..........Paul Franke
Countess of Aremberg....Tilda Morse
Herald..................Emery Darcy

Conductor...............Renato Cellini

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the Herald Tribune

Season's Last 'Don Carlo' Has Resnik as Princess

The season's fourth and last performance of Verdi's "Don Carlo" at the Metropolitan Opera House last night had a new Princess of Eboli, Regina Resnik, and a new conductor, Renato Cellini, who is a member of the Metropolitan's musical staff. The general musical interpretation under his direction was well integrated and balanced, gaining expressive conviction after the first act. In this respect, Miss Resnik's singing was persuasive, and, although the role is usually sung by a mezzo-soprano or contralto, it did not seem to lie too low for her voice. Her tones had color, but in the aria "O don fatale" dramatic force was sometimes accompanied by an impression of rather injudicious forcing in the vocal production.

Jussi Bjoerling sang spiritedly in the title role; Eleanor Steber, singing Elizabeth for the first time this season, gave an appealing interpretation. Robert Merrill and Nicola Moscona also singing their roles for the first time this season fared well as Rodrigo and the Grand Inquisitor; Jerome Hines was in good voice in an expressive representation of Philip II.



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