[Met Performance] CID:164790
Cosė Fan Tutte {33} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/3/1954.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 3, 1954
In English


COSĖ FAN TUTTE {33}

Fiordiligi..............Eleanor Steber
Ferrando................Richard Tucker
Dorabella...............Mildred Miller
Guglielmo...............Frank Guarrera
Despina.................Roberta Peters
Don Alfonso.............Lorenzo Alvary

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

Review of Ronald Eyer in Musical America

As brilliant a production of Mozart's satirical opera as one could hope to encounter in this country today brought forth on this occasion the familiar Fiordiligi of Eleanor Steber, the Ferrando of Richard Tucker, and the Guglielmo of Frank Guarrera. New to the cast were Mildred Miller as Dorabella, Roberta Peters as Despina, and Lorenzo Alvary as Don Alfonso. In addition to a voice of impressive size and quality, Miss Miller brought to the echo-like character of the second sister a distinction of bearing and a real appreciation of the genteel humor of her role, in which suavity is of the essence and stiffness or mawkishness the most dangerous of pitfalls, Miss Peters' contribution to the part of the worldly-wise maid had a similar deftness of touch combined, of course, with this young artist's petite beauty and the fresh loveliness of her voice. Lorenzo Alvary sang Don Alfonso as though he had been doing it all of his life, and he was the only member of the cast whose English diction came across the footlights clearly and intelligibly all of the time. The conductor again was Fritz Stiedry.



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