[Met Performance] CID:197510
Eugene Onegin {35} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/13/1964.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 13, 1964
In English


EUGENE ONEGIN {35}

Eugene Onegin...........Morley Meredith
Tatiana.................Leontyne Price
Lensky..................Barry Morell
Olga....................Joann Grillo
Prince Gremin...........Giorgio Tozzi
Larina..................Gladys Kriese
Filippyevna.............Lili Chookasian
Triquet.................Andrea Velis
Captain.................Louis Sgarro
Zaretsky................William Walker

Conductor...............Ignace Strasfogel


Review of Michael Brozen in Musical America

A bit of bad luck befell "Eugene Onegin" on Friday the 13th. Thomas Schippers, who was to have conducted, had been done in by some bad oysters at lunch, and Ignace Strasfogel, who had not conducted the opera in several years, was called in as his replacement. Schippers fought off his attack till the last minute, which gave Strasfogel about half an hour's notice and no chance to get out of his brown suit and into his tails.

The cliff-hanging aspects of the tale must have unnerved Mr. Strasfogel, who led the proceedings with an unsteady hand. The cast, too, seemed unnerved and moved tentatively, keeping its eyes trained on the conductor and prompter. New in the title role was Morley Meredith. Subtracting the difficulties posed by the last-minute change in leadership, Mr. Meredith showed little aptitude for the role. His pedagogic bearing and diction made it difficult to accept him as a romantic lead. Except for some pinched high notes, he was vocally adequate.

Familiar in the cast were Gladys Kriese (Madame Larina), Leontyne Price (Tatyana), Joann Grillo (Olga), Barry Morell (Lensky), Giorgio Tozzi (Gremin), Lili Chookasian (Filippyevna), Louis Sgarro (a Captain), William Walker (Zaretski) and Andrea Velis (Triquet).



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