[Met Performance] CID:170850
Aida {593} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/8/1956.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 8, 1956


AIDA {593}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Herva Nelli
Radamès.................Kurt Baum
Amneris.................Jean Madeira
Amonasro................Robert Merrill
Ramfis..................Luben Vichey
King....................Louis Sgarro
Messenger...............James McCracken
Priestess...............Shakeh Vartenissian
Dance...................Carmen De Lavallade
Dance...................Adriano Vitale
Dance...................Larry Boyette

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva

Review of R. B. in the Herald Tribune

Jean Madeira In Met's 'Aida'

The Metropolitan replacement corps (whose personnel consist of virtually everybody) was in the action for Wednesday night's "Aida." Herva Nelli and Robert Merrill took over the roles of the indisposed Zinka Milanov and Ettore Bastianini, respectively. There were two seasonal newcomers in the cast - Jean Madeira, as the Amneris and Luben Vichey, the Ramfis. The others were Kurt Baum, Louis Sgarro, Shakeh Vartenissian and James McCracken. Fausto Cleva conducted.

Miss Madeira, fresh from European triumphs, made a stunning Egyptian princess. Beautifully costumed, impressively regal in her bearing, she sang the lines with a certain Verdian thrust. To the ears of this reviewer some of the lady's upper tones sounded thin, and at least once she dropped one in a hurry - without untoward event. Generally, though, the mezzo-soprano brought dramatic force into her work, especially in Scene I of Act II, where she tricks Aida into confessing her passion for Radames. As for Mr. Vichey, he gave to Ramfis a wealth of noble tones.



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