[Met Performance] CID:184030
Macbeth {10} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/4/1960.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 4, 1960


MACBETH {10}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave/Andrea Maffei

Macbeth.................Leonard Warren
Lady Macbeth............Irene Dalis
Banquo..................Giorgio Tozzi
Macduff.................Barry Morell
Malcolm.................William Olvis
Lady-in-Attendance......Carlotta Ordassy
Physician...............Gerhard Pechner
Manservant..............Carlo Tomanelli
Duncan..................Walter Hemmerly
Murderer................Osie Hawkins
Warrior.................Calvin Marsh
Bloody Child............Teresa Stratas
Crowned Child...........Mildred Allen

Conductor...............Erich Leinsdorf

Review of R. A. E. in the March 1960 issue of Musical America

Irene Dalis, young California mezzo-soprano, tackled the soprano role of Lady Macbeth in this performance and achieved a quite substantial success. Miss Dalis' only concession to the lower range she usually works in was the transposition down a tone of the second-act aria, "La luce langue," and the omission of the high D flat at the end of the Sleepwalking Scene (a note omitted by many sopranos as well). A scarcely noticeable caution marked some of the singing, a slight blurring some of the fioriture, but these were insignificant factors in the admirable overall performance.

It was worthwhile for Miss Dalis to go outside her normal repertoire in this instance, since Lady Macbeth is a role that can profit from her dramatic authority and musicianly singing. Her domination of the Banquet Scene, when Macbeth's vision of Banquo's ghost threatens to undo him, had tremendous power and a kind of insidious strength. And as the remorseful sleepwalker she was a truly pitiful figure.

Giorgio Tozzi, singing his first Banquo at the Metropolitan, gave vocal beauty and dramatic pathos to his aria about the foreboding night. Barry Morell, in his first Macduff of the season, was equally impressive in the lyricism and sensitivity of his singing in "Ah, la paterna mano." Erich Leinsdorf conducted the performance, which had Leonard Warren again as Macbeth.



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