[Met Performance] CID:190050
Madama Butterfly {422} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/3/1962., Broadcast

(Broadcast
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 3, 1962 Matinee Broadcast


MADAMA BUTTERFLY {422}

Cio-Cio-San.............Gabriella Tucci
Pinkerton...............Carlo Bergonzi
Suzuki..................Helen Vanni
Sharpless...............Clifford Harvuot
Goro....................Andrea Velis
Bonze...................Osie Hawkins
Yamadori................George Cehanovsky
Dolore..................Gloria Kapilow
Kate Pinkerton..........Mary MacKenzie [Last performance]
Commissioner............Roald Reitan
Registrar...............Kurt Kessler [Last performance]

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


Review of John Gruen in the New York Herald Tribune

Gabriella Tucci returned to the Metropolitan Opera last Saturday afternoon to sing her first Cio-Cio-San of the season in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." The Roman-born soprano had made her Metropolitan debut last year in this very role and the impression at that time left little doubt as to the beauty of her voice and the strength of her characterization.

As for last Saturday, Miss Tucci did nothing to dispel that first, highly favorable impression. She moves about the stage with ease and even nobility, making of the heroine not quite the mincing child some singers or directors insist on, but instead lending to the portrayal an air of womanliness and maturity. This maturity of mien was vocally well matched. Miss Tucci's voice is large and opulent. It possesses color and it has warmth. At first, her top notes contained a measure of hardness, but this was soon corrected and the singing took on a lustrous quality which was maintained throughout.

Carlo Bergonzi took over for the ailing Sandor Konya as B. F. Pinkerton. As is usual with Mr. Bergonzi, the singing was fine, but the acting was most stilted. Fausto Cleva conducted with enormous skill.


Opera News

Added Index Entries for Subjects and Names


Back to short citation(s).