[Met Performance] CID:204220
Il Trovatore {346} Metropolitan Opera House: 10/20/1965.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
October 20, 1965


IL TROVATORE {346}
Giuseppe Verdi--Salvatore Cammarano

Manrico.................Flaviano LabÚ
Leonora.................Gabriella Tucci
Count Di Luna...........Robert Merrill
Azucena.................Irene Dalis
Ferrando................John Macurdy
Ines....................Shirley Love
Ruiz....................Charles Anthony
Messenger...............Hal Roberts
Gypsy...................Luis Forero

Conductor...............Georges PrÍtre

Production..............Herbert Graf
Stage Director..........Bodo Igesz
Designer................Motley

Il Trovatore received sixteen performances this season.

Review of Irving Kolodin in the November 6, 1965 issue of the Saturday Review

Georges PrÍtre's area of advantage to the Metropolitan broadened a bit with his first venture as the conductor of a Verdi opera in New York. To be sure, there was some resistance in the work itself, for "Il Trovatore" can hardly be included in the category of a "conductor's opera." But there were indications even so that such acts of conscience as precise rhythms, a pattern of dynamics reasonably close to those prescribed by the composer, and a relationship among the orchestral sections that did not settle for the commonest kind of "big guitar" effect could yield benefits in a score as much played, if not necessarily well played, as this one.

At this first performance, PrÍtre had his greatest success in animating those parts of the score that took in the ensemble rather than the principals. The first scene was particularly well done, thanks to an excellent effort by John Macurdy as Ferrando, the attention the chorus paid to its director, and a general sense of purpose that prevailed. This was present, too, in the Anvil Chorus. However, when PrÍtre had Robert Merrill to deal with as di Luna, or Flaviano LabÚ alone or in duet with his "mother" Irene Dalis (as Azucena) the amount of influence he could exert tended to diminish. The Leonora was Gabriella Tucci, whose manner is more than a mite placid for this kind of role.



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