[Met Performance] CID:187200
Il Trovatore {323} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/18/1961.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 18, 1961


IL TROVATORE {323}
Giuseppe Verdi--Salvatore Cammarano

Manrico.................Franco Corelli
Leonora.................Lucine Amara
Count Di Luna...........Mario Sereni
Azucena.................Nell Rankin
Ferrando................William Wilderman
Ines....................Helen Vanni
Ruiz....................Charles Anthony
Messenger...............Robert Nagy
Gypsy...................Edward Ghazal

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

Review of Alan Rich in the March 1961 issue of Musical America

Miss Amara's first local Leonora was admirably musical. She still has to master the grand legato of "D'amor sull'ali rosee," but what she does is always intelligent, nicely phrased and respectful of Verdi's own musical proportions.

The response from the standees and the gallery indicated that Mr. Corelli was giving his fan club what they had come to hear, but I am afraid l must count myself among the outsiders. Mr. Corelli stalked the stage when anyone else was singing, then stopped dead and delivered his response directly to the audience. His control over every shade of fortissimo was fabulous. He sang the first stanza of the "Miserere" half a tone flat, and he forced his way through "Di quella pira" as though the words had never been set to music in the first place.

Mr. Sereni duplicated most of these faults, although on a more modest scale. The curious spreading quality of his voice gives one the strange impression that he is both sharp and flat simultaneously, but at least he shows a rudimentary awareness of ensemble requirements. Miss Rankin's Azucena was modestly dramatic and musically intelligent. Mr. Cleva's conducting was reasonably tidy, considering the problems of following a tenor and baritone who seemed intent on improvising both tempo and music as they went along.



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