[Met Performance] CID:189270
Tosca {411} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/20/1961.

(Debut: Giuseppe Zampieri
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 20, 1961


TOSCA {411}

Tosca...................Zinka Milanov
Cavaradossi.............Giuseppe Zampieri [Debut and only performance]
Scarpia.................George London
Sacristan...............Ezio Flagello
Spoletta................Paul Franke
Angelotti...............Norman Scott
Sciarrone...............George Cehanovsky
Shepherd................Alan Fischer
Jailer..................Roald Reitan

Conductor...............Kurt Adler

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the Herald Tribune

Tucker Ill, So Italian Tenor Appears in Debut at Met

Richard Tucker, who was scheduled to sing Mario Cavaradossi at the Metropolitan Opera House last night when Zinka Milanov made her first appearance of the season in the title role of Puccini's "Tosca," had to withdraw when he became a victim of the throat ailment that has affected other leading members of the company in the still young operatic year. This brought about the debut of Giuseppe Zampieri, an Italian tenor who had not been heard here before, but has sung with the San Francisco Opera for the last two seasons.

Mr. Zampieri found Mario's role much to his liking and displayed a voice that combined an appealing timbre with flexibility and warmth and well schooled phrasing. There was no hint of debut nerves in his fluent singing of "Recondita armonia," although this followed his first entrance only by a minute or two, and "E lucevan le stele" also proved vocally ingratiating and possessed considerable pathos.
There were times when his singing was slightly more tense, and one or two slightly overstressed top notes, but this seemed to be a very promising voice of a distinctly Italian type.

Miss Milanov's voice was not always at its best, but was expressively employed, and "Vissi d'arte" was sung with taste and without exaggeration. George London's Scarpia again was marked by dramatic conviction in this familiar opera, which was conducted by Kurt Adler.



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