[Met Performance] CID:176330
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {273} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/2/1957.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 2, 1957


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA {273}

Figaro..................Frank Guarrera
Rosina..................Victoria de los Angeles
Count Almaviva..........Cesare Valletti
Dr. Bartolo.............Fernando Corena
Don Basilio.............Cesare Siepi
Berta...................Margaret Roggero
Fiorello................Calvin Marsh
Sergeant................Alessio De Paolis
Ambrogio................Rudolf Mayreder

Conductor...............Max Rudolf

Review signed W. F. in the Herald Tribune

'Barber of Seville' Repeated by the Met

Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" was repeated Monday night by the Metropolitan Opera Company with Victoria de los Angeles in the role of Rosina for the first time this season. Calvin Marsh sang the minor role of Fiorello for the first time with the company.

Miss de los Angeles' vocal performance was altogether radiant and breathtaking. Last night she was virtually free from the metallic buzz that has been marring her upper range throughout much of the current season. What we were left with, then, was singing of enormous lucidity and style - delicately colored, elegantly phrased and, well, just about as pretty as anything one is likely to hear these days. Her play-acting was alert, to-the-point and without heavily emphasized ingenuousness.

The rest of the cast, too, was very good. Frank Guarrera's Figaro comes over as a lusty, attractive charlatan - sung, it must be admitted, with more animal vigor than high style. Cesare Valletti, as Almaviva, has the style but gave us little aural sensuousness. Dr. Bartolo and Don Basilio, sung by Fernando Corena and Cesare Siepi respectively, were properly oafish and bizarre and they both sang handsomely.

Max Rudolf's conducting was intelligent and stylish but, for some curious reason, a bit limp.



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