[Met Performance] CID:168120
Orfeo ed Euridice {54} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/28/1955.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 28, 1955


ORFEO ED EURIDICE {54}

Orfeo...................Risë Stevens
Euridice................Hilde Güden
Amore...................Roberta Peters
Happy Shade.............Laurel Hurley
Dance...................Alicia Markova
Dance...................Zachary Solov

Conductor...............Pierre Monteux

Review signed R. K. in Musical America

There were no changes in cast for this repeat performance of "Orfeo ed Euridice," which the Metropolitan revived on Feb. 24. Pierre Monteux, conducting, again brought the score to life and his sensitive handling of Gluck's expressive orchestral writing was always tellingly effective. The familiar principals included Rise Stevens, as Orfeo; Hilde Gueden, as Euridice; Roberta Peters, as Amor; Laurel Hurley, as The Happy Shade; and Alicia Markova. as the solo dancer.

Laurel Hurley provided one of the highlights in this performance by her radiant singing in her one and only aria. As the Happy Shade extolling the beauties of life in the Elysian Fields, Miss Hurley radiated the very essence of unalloyed happiness. Equally noteworthy for precision, balance and tonal beauty, was the singing of the chorus throughout the evening. The others were also impressive.



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