[Met Performance] CID:189200
Madama Butterfly {417} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/13/1961.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 13, 1961


MADAMA BUTTERFLY {417}

Cio-Cio-San.............Dorothy Kirsten
Pinkerton...............George Shirley
Suzuki..................Margaret Roggero
Sharpless...............Clifford Harvuot
Goro....................Andrea Velis
Bonze...................Osie Hawkins
Yamadori................George Cehanovsky
Dolore..................Unknown
Kate Pinkerton..........Joan Wall
Commissioner............Calvin Marsh
Registrar...............Kurt Kessler

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

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the New York Herald Tribune

'Butterfly' at the Met

For his second role in his recently launched Metropolitan Opera career, George Shirley sang Pinkerton in last night's repetition of Puccini's "Madama Buttefly" with Dorothy Kirsten again as the hapless Cio-Cio-San and Clifford Harvout as the sympathetic Consul. Mr. Shirley had a made a very promising debut with the company three weeks ago as Ferrando in "Cosi fan tutte." Pinkerton, whose singing is limited to the first act and the close of the third, gives its interpreter a less liberal opportunity, but the new tenor's performance again spoke well for his operatic future.

His voice was appealing in quality and was persuasively employed in its revelation of the character's emotions, although its musical resources were not always fully disclosed. There were times when the tone production did not suggest complete freedom. But there was a considerable gain in this regard as the first act progressed; Mr. Shirley's singing was musicianly and had engaging warmth. From the visual aspect, his impersonation was intelligent and discerning, and fitted well into a production which continues to be one the Metropolitan's best.

Miss Kirsten's Cio-Cio-San was consistently vivid and entirely admirable. Mr. Harvuot again provided a superior characterization, and Margaret Roggero, Joan Wall, Andrea Velis, George Cehanovsky, Osie Hawkins and Calvin Marsh were others who sang under Fausto Cleva's conductorship.



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