[Met Performance] CID:205670
Falstaff {95} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/9/1966.

(Debut: Thomas Stewart
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 9, 1966


FALSTAFF {95}
Giuseppe Verdi--Arrigo Boito

Sir John Falstaff.......Tito Gobbi
Alice Ford..............Pilar Lorengar
Ford....................Thomas Stewart [Debut]
Dame Quickly............Lili Chookasian
Nannetta................Judith Raskin
Fenton..................Luigi Alva
Meg Page................Mildred Miller
Dr. Cajus...............Mariano Caruso
Bardolfo................Andrea Velis
Pistola.................Norman Scott
Mistress of the Inn.....Rae Calitri
Innkeeper...............Thomas Powell

Conductor...............Joseph Rosenstock

Stewart

Thomas Stewart, who made his debut as Ford in a Falstaff of the same week, has the look as well as the sound of an interesting operatic performer. He is tall and well proportioned and he moves well, with a voice that is not quite so tall, but is well proportioned and shows the flexibility to be moved well. As Ford, he looks more like a landed English gentleman should (and probably hasn't) since Lawrence Tibbett. Vocally, Stewart (Texas-born, German-experienced) has a solid sound up to the area of F and G. He seemed, in this first encounter with the spaces of stage and auditorium, to be pushing for volume, which needn't concern him, as he can readily be heard. It is possible, too, that some of the tenderness at the top was a result of the condition that caused him to miss his first Ford, scheduled for five days before. Dramatically, Stewart indulged in more business than was absolutely essential, perhaps to deal with the dilemma caused by sharing the stage with Tito Gobbi as Falstaff. But Stewart is too good a performer on his own to resort to this kind of in-fighting. What is required, vocally as well as dramatically, is for him to refine what he does, focus his effort more productively, and get all the results inherent in the means at his disposal.


Photograph of Thomas Stewart as Ford in Falstaff by Louis Mélançon.



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