[Met Performance] CID:173810
Carmen {543} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/19/1957.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 19, 1957


CARMEN {543}

Carmen..................Risë Stevens
Don José................Mario Del Monaco
Micaela.................Hilde Güden
Escamillo...............Frank Guarrera
Frasquita...............Heidi Krall
Mercédès................Rosalind Elias
Remendado...............Alessio De Paolis
Dancaïre................George Cehanovsky
Zuniga..................Osie Hawkins
Moralès.................Clifford Harvuot
Dance...................Vittorio Korjhan [Last performance]
Dance...................Zebra Nevins

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

Review signed R. K. in Musical America

Despite some last minute changes in cast, this performance of "Carmen" was smooth and not without spirit. Rise Stevens, in the title role, was not in best vocal form, but her experience carried her through securely and successfully. Mario Del Monaco, substituting for Kurt Baum, sang Don José with ringing power, although his typically Italian operatic approach may have been a bit out of keeping in the rôle. Rosalind Elias, replacing the indisposed Margaret Roggero, sang the role of Mercedes for the first time at the Metropolitan. Her fresh young voice had a clean-cut tang that was a pleasure to hear. She knew just where to let it ring forth and where to blend it into the trios and quintets to make it most effective. Although the rôle is a minor one, Miss Elias made it a major asset so far as the scene in the tavern is concerned. Vitorio Korhjan replaced Peter Saul in the solo dance in Act IV. Dimitri Mitropoulos conducted.



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