[Met Performance] CID:205070
Fidelio {93} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/12/1966.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 12, 1966


FIDELIO {93}

Leonore.................Ludmila Dvoráková
Florestan...............James King
Don Pizarro.............Geraint Evans
Rocco...................Otto Edelmann
Marzelline..............Mary Ellen Pracht
Jaquino.................Charles Anthony
Don Fernando............Sherrill Milnes
First Prisoner..........George Shirley
Second Prisoner.........Russell Christopher
Captain.................Harold Sternberg

Conductor...............Karl Böhm


Review of Louis Snyder in the Herald Tribune

Beethoven's 'Fidelio' Gets a New Leonore

Ludmila Dvorakova, a young Czech soprano with extensive European experience, made her American debut last night at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio." It is, of course, a great demanding role and the measure set by its previous interpreters here, even within recent memory, has been indeed formidable. That Miss Dvorakova did not eclipse any of them, or really even approach their standard is perhaps not her fault. For she has a large, warm, expressive voice. She is handsome and lithe, and if she does not project as an actress of great conviction, she is neither gauche nor does she lack poise. But whether or not one accepts the melodramatic tenet on which Beethoven based his opera, Leonore must carry the show, musically and theatrically, and last night it could not be said that this was within Miss. Dvorakova's range of capability.

Much of the difficulty with which she was faced at this debut seemed less of her doing than of a production where dramatic and musical elements failed to mesh. Simultaneous climaxes failed to materialize, so often did action on the stage and in the pit appear to be waiting one for the other. Perhaps in another role in another opera here, Miss Dvorakova will be better able to find and express herself to greater advantage. Obviously, she has the voice and intelligence to do so.

The cast of the one previous performance this season reappeared, with Karl Boehm again the conductor.



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