[Met Performance] CID:167090
Madama Butterfly {332} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/19/1954.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 19, 1954


MADAMA BUTTERFLY {332}

Cio-Cio-San.............Lisa Della Casa
Pinkerton...............Eugene Conley
Suzuki..................Mildred Miller
Sharpless...............Frank Valentino
Goro....................Alessio De Paolis
Bonze...................Norman Scott
Yamadori................George Cehanovsky
Kate Pinkerton..........Heidi Krall
Commissioner............Calvin Marsh

Conductor...............Alberto Erede

Review of L. T. in the Herald Tribune

New Cio-Cio-San

The season's third performance of "Madama Butterfly," last night at the Metropolitan Opera, brought with it a Cio-Cio-San in the person of Lisa Della Casa, who was singing the role for her first time with the company. Other members of the cast included Eugene Conley as Pinkerton; Frank Valentino as Sharpless; Mildred Miller as Suzuki; and Heidi Krall, Alessio De Paolis, George Cehanovsky, Norman Scott, and Calvin Marsh. Alberto Erede again conducted.

Miss Della Casa should by all rights make an uncommonly striking Madama Butterfly, blessed as she is with beauty of person and a voice which, in its upper register, rings forth with fetching brightness and clarity. There is a curious detachment in her impersonation, however, and an air of personal containment which not only holds it securely on the singers' side of the footlights, but precludes any intimate contact with other players on the set. In the sweetly romantic scenes of the first act, one felt often that Cio-Cio-San was being not so much demure as obtuse, and in subsequent acts as well, the character's essential innocence and na´vetÚ was less than fully exploited. Some-of these things may have been due to preoccupations inherent in a first performance. Ones hopes so, for Miss Della Casa possesses both visual and vocal qualities ideally suited to the part.



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