[Met Performance] CID:190080
Tosca {415} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/6/1962.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 6, 1962


TOSCA {415}

Tosca...................Zinka Milanov
Cavaradossi.............Franco Corelli
Scarpia.................Morley Meredith
Sacristan...............Gerhard Pechner
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 New York Herald Tribune

Meredith Sings Scarpia First Time at Met

Morely Meredith sang Scarpia for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera House last night, when Puccini's "Tosca" had its eighth performance of the season. Zinka Milanov sang the title role of Scarpia's avenging slayer, while Franco Corelli was the Mario Cavaradossi whom he had sentenced to death.

Mr. Meredith's previous Metropolitan assignment had been the four anti-Hoffmann roles of "Contes d'Hoffmann." Portraying a single character this time, he had a more grateful opportunity to display a vigorously effective voice in an impersonation that had its promising points.

From a dramatic standpoint the Canadian-born baritone's characterization did not lack individuality, but did not seem to have fused the various aspects of Scarpia's nefarious nature into a fully integrated conception, and persuasive episodes alternated with others in which the singing actor was somewhat tentative and self-conscious. It is quite probable that Mr. Meredith may become a Scarpia of considerable consequences with further acquaintance with the role.

Considerable, while variable, merit marked Miss Milanov's singing of Tosca's music, and Mr. Corelli's Cavaradossi had ample vocal fervor and emotion. Gerhard Pechner, singing the role for the first time this season, was an effective sacristan, and Norman Scott, Paul Franke, George Cehanovsky, Roald Reitan and Alan Fischer completed the cast under Kurt Adler's conductorship.



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