[Met Performance] CID:165410
Carmen {513} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 04/3/1954., Broadcast

(Broadcast
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 3, 1954 Matinee Broadcast


CARMEN {513}

Carmen..................Risë Stevens
Don José................Richard Tucker
Micaela.................Victoria de los Angeles
Escamillo...............Frank Guarrera
Frasquita...............Heidi Krall
Mercédès................Margaret Roggero
Remendado...............Alessio De Paolis
Dancaïre................George Cehanovsky
Zuniga..................Osie Hawkins
Moralès.................Clifford Harvuot
Dance...................Janet Collins
Dance...................Roland Vazquez

Conductor...............Tibor Kozma



Review of Robert Sabin in the April 15, 1954 issue of Musical America

The broadcast matinee of Carmen on April 3 brought the season's first performance of the role of Micaëla by Victoria de los Angeles. This alone would have justified a special trip to the opera house, for this artist never fails to grace anything she does. Her performance was a model of vocal artistry and of dramatic sincerity. Even the most casual phrases were exquisitely shaped. But the entire cast was in best form. Rise Stevens, who 36 hours before had flown from Milan, where she had been singing at La Scala, sang the title role with voluptuous beauty of tone and with constant feeling for ensemble as well as solo effect. Richard Tucker was a compelling Don José, building powerful dramatic climaxes. Frank Guarrera again demonstrated the refinement, control and stylistic sensitivity that he has been developing this season. His Escamillo was elegant as well as flamboyant. And the others in the cast were admirable: Heidi Krall, as Frasquita; Margaret Roggero, as Mercedes; Osie Hawkins, as Zuniga; Clifford Harvuot, as Morales; George Cehanovsky, as Dancaire; and Alessio De Paolis, as Remendado. Tibor Kozma conducted with careful consideration for the tempos set earlier by Pierre Monteux, but with an authority and feeling of his own.

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