[Met Performance] CID:167740
Un Ballo in Maschera {56} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/22/1955., Broadcast

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Metropolitan Opera House
January 22, 1955 Matinee Broadcast


UN BALLO IN MASCHERA {56}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Somma

Amelia..................Zinka Milanov
Riccardo................Richard Tucker
Renato..................Josef Metternich
Ulrica..................Jean Madeira
Oscar...................Roberta Peters
Samuel..................Nicola Moscona
Tom.....................Norman Scott
Silvano.................Calvin Marsh
Judge...................James McCracken
Servant.................Charles Anthony

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


Review signed C. B. in Musical America:

The season's second performance of "Un Ballo in Maschera" again had Zinka Milanov in the role of Amelia and Richard Tucker as Riccardo, as well as two newcomers to the cast. Jean Madeira was heard as Ulrica for the first time, replacing Marian Anderson, who had made her Metropolitan debut in the role two weeks before. Despite her youth, Miss Madeira had the vocal weight and dramatic presence to make a very convincing witch. Neither she nor Josef Metternich, who was singing his first Renato at the opera house, had complete freedom of delivery, but both served to make the afternoon an artistically successful one. Mr. Metternich scored particularly in the second act, portraying Renato's mixed feelings of anger, jealousy. and deep mortification with persuasive accents, and in the third act, giving these sentiments their appropriate expression in his "Eri tu." Others in the cast were Roberta Peters as Oscar, Calvin Marsh as Silvano, Nicola Moscona as Samuel, and Norman Scott as Tom. Dimitri Mitropoulos again made his presence felt both on stage and in the pit, giving an incisive account of the orchestral score and providing a decided impulse to the vocal performance.


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