[Met Performance] CID:161710
Aida {559} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/23/1953.

(Debut: Herva Nelli
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 23, 1953 Matinee
Metropolitan Opera Guild Student Performance


AIDA {559}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Herva Nelli [Debut]
Radamès.................Giulio Gari
Amneris.................Jean Madeira
Amonasro................Frank Valentino
Ramfis..................Norman Scott
King....................Luben Vichey
Messenger...............Thomas Hayward
Priestess...............Lucine Amara
Dance...................Janet Collins

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

Review of John Briggs in The New York Times

HERVA NELLI BOWS AS AIDA AT THE 'MET'

"Aida" was presented at the Metropolitan yesterday afternoon, with Herva Nelli making her debut in the title role, Giulio Gari singing his first Metropolitan Radames and Renato Cellini conducting the work for the first time at the house. The event was a special students' performance under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

As at other hearings in this city, Miss Nelli revealed herself to be an extremely inconsistent performer. At her best she is superlative. Her voice is of fine quality, wide range and ample power. The trouble is that Miss Nelli hardly sings two phrases in succession the same way. Although she is capable of great suavity, her tone, when pushed beyond reasonable limits, becomes hard and strident. She does not have sure control of so basic a vocal feat as the crescendo-diminuendo called "messa di voce." Though her Aida yesterday had its share of fine moments, the performance was on the whole an uneven one.

Mr. Gari's voice is a bit small for a role of such dimensions as Radames, but he uses it with such skill as to compensate for its lack of volume. Jean Madeira, singing her first Amneris of the season, made a fine impression, as did Norman Scott as Ramfis.

Others in the cast, heard in earlier performances, were Frank Valentino, Luboinir Vichegonov, Thomas Hayward and Lucine Amara. Mr. Cellini conducted with the assurances of a seasoned interpreter and kept the performance moving at a. lively pace.



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