[Met Performance] CID:256090
Don Pasquale {89} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/4/1979.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 4, 1979


DON PASQUALE {89}

Don Pasquale............Gabriel Bacquier
Norina..................Beverly Sills
Ernesto.................Alfredo Kraus
Dr. Malatesta...........Håkan Hagegård
Notary..................Nico Castel
Servant.................Unknown

Conductor...............Nicola Rescigno

Review of Robert Jacobson in Opera News

January 4 was to be the red-letter day marking Alfredo Kraus' return to the house, but yeomanlike he filled in for Nicolai Gedda at the previous performance of "Don Pasquale." By the 4th he had settled into Dexter's production with silken ease, giving vocal pleasure and illumination at every turn, though he tended to avoid extraneous high notes. The miracle of the Spanish tenor is that he knows the exact limits of his voice and never pushes beyond. His placement is a perfect embodiment of bel canto ideals, sounding youthful, smooth in emission, never overinflated, able to diminuendo and crescendo within the scale of his instrument. What a joy to encounter a singer of such intelligence and sensitivity who obeys the laws of nature! His Ernesto was acted with elegance and humor.



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