[Met Performance] CID:164170
La Traviata {366} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/5/1953.

(Debut: Ettore Bastianini , Roland Vazquez
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 5, 1953


LA TRAVIATA {366}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta................Licia Albanese
Alfredo.................Richard Tucker
Germont.................Ettore Bastianini [Debut]
Flora...................Margaret Roggero
Gastone.................Gabor Carelli
Baron Douphol...........George Cehanovsky
Marquis D'Obigny........Algerd Brazis
Dr. Grenvil.............Osie Hawkins
Annina..................Maria Leone
Dance...................Zebra Nevins
Dance...................Marian Horosko
Dance...................Roland Vazquez [Debut]

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva

Director................Désiré Defrère
Designer................Jonel Jorgulesco
Set designer............Joseph Novak, Act II
Choreographer...........Zachary Solov

La Traviata received fourteen performances this season.

Review of Ronald Eyer in Musical America
The season's first La Traviata served to introduce a promising young Italian baritone, Ettore Bastianini, in the role of the elder Germont. The voice is voluminous and of a pleasing texture, and Mr. Bastianini has a tenor-like projection that prevents his tones from ever sounding swallowed or hollow. His Di Provenza won him a storm of applause, which did not abate until the conductor resumed the performance. He stepped out of character, however, in presenting this aria directly to the audience, and his general deportment in the part of a suave Parisian gentleman would be better for a little more polish.

Richard Tucker assumed the role of Alfredo.... Continuing his high level of vocalism and characterization that have marked all his previous appearances this season, Mr. Tucker gave a first-rate account of the leading tenor role. Licia Albanese was not up to the high standards that she herself has set in times past as Violetta, a role in which she has long been particularly and properly admired. She seemed to be under a strain and her intonation was not secure.



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