[Met Performance] CID:167610
Vittorio {5}
Salome {47}
Metropolitan Opera House: 01/10/1955.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 10, 1955


Vittorio {5}

Vittorio................Zachary Solov
Montefiore..............Yurek Lazowski
Monsignore..............Edward Caton
Princess................Mia Slavenska
General.................Adriano Vitale
Magalina................Jean Lee Schoch
Fiamma..................Judith Younger
Vittorio's Companions...Louis Kosman
Vittorio's Companions...Malcolm McCormick
Fiamma's Companions.....Diana Turner
Fiamma's Companions.....Viola Maiorca

Conductor...............Dimitri Mitropoulos


SALOME {47}

Salome..................Christel Goltz
Herod...................Charles Kullman
Herodias................Blanche Thebom
Jochanaan...............Clifford Harvuot
Narraboth...............Brian Sullivan
Page....................Hertha Glaz
Jew.....................Gabor Carelli
Jew.....................Alessio De Paolis
Jew.....................Paul Franke
Jew.....................James McCracken
Jew.....................Gerhard Pechner
Nazarene................Calvin Marsh
Nazarene................Nicola Moscona
Soldier.................Norman Scott
Soldier.................Lorenzo Alvary
Cappadocian.............Osie Hawkins
Slave...................Vilma Georgiou

Conductor...............Dimitri Mitropoulos

Review of Raymond Ericson in Musical America

The fifth presentation of the Metropolitan's new ballet-opera twins, "Vittorio" and "Salome," brought two changes of cast in the latter work. Clifford Harvuot sang his first Jokanaan and Charles Kullman appeared for the first time this season as Herod. Mr. Kullman knows the role of the drunken, lascivious king thoroughly. His reeling about the stage as he clutches at Salome and his ultimate vindictiveness and revulsion are vivid memories for all who have seen them.

The role of Jokanaan is peculiarly difficult to realize, because it is virtually immobile and all of its singing is done either in the well or just beside it with a minimum of accompanying business. There are, however, certain possible gestures of the hands, movements of the head and eyes and positions of posture that can speak eloquently for the prophet. These Mr. Harvuot has discovered and made his own. He was the august center of attention in his moments on the stage, and his rich voice permitted him to sing with the doomsday solemnity that his pronouncements require. One could wish that the wardrobe people may sometime devise a costume and wig for Jokanaan that would make him look a little less like a rag-picker.

Others in the familiar cast were Christel Goltz (Salome), Blanche Thehom (Herodias), Brian Sullivan (Narraboth), and Herta Glaz (Page). Dmitri Mitropoulos again conducted both works.



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