[Met Performance] CID:224890
La Bohème {715} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/19/1971.

(Debut: Adriana Maliponte

Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 19, 1971


LA BOHÈME {715}

Mimì....................Adriana Maliponte [Debut]
Rodolfo.................Luciano Pavarotti
Musetta.................Colette Boky
Marcello................Mario Sereni
Schaunard...............Raymond Gibbs
Colline.................Giorgio Tozzi
Benoit..................Andrij Dobriansky
Alcindoro...............Andrea Velis
Parpignol...............Erbert Aldridge
Sergeant................Edward Ghazal
Officer.................John Trehy

Conductor...............Fausto Cleva


Review of Robert Sherman in The New York Times

The Metropolitan Opera hit the jackpot again Friday night. Nine days after Luciano Pavarotti's stunning return as Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Bohème," the New York debut of Adriana Maliponte gave him a Mimi to remember.

The Italian soprano is no newcomer to the operatic world. She has performed at La Scala, Glyndebourne, Chicago's Lyric Opera and other international centers since her 1957 debut (also as Mimi), and the experience showed in the easy, graceful assurance of her stage manner as well as her secure vocal artistry.

Miss Maliponte has the power to make dramatic climaxes ring true, the sensitivity to make them musical and the flexibility to sound equally convincing in the most delicate passages. The phrase "Addio, senza rancor" in her third-act farewell, to single out a small, yet not insignificant detail, was sung with such tenderness as to give the whole aria an overwhelming aura of poignancy. Her voice itself is velvety rich, pure and clean at the top, smoky and sensuous in the lower register.

The Met's Bohème production is sometimes cluttered and frequently stodgy, but with Miss Maliponte's beautifully touching Mimi, with Mr. Pavarotti and Mario Sereni repeating their brilliant performances as Rodolfo and Marcello, Giorgio Tozzi in fine voice for his first Colline of the season, and Fausto Cleva again providing firm conductorial support, it was a splendid evening.



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