[Met Performance] CID:300140
Il Trovatore {535} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/27/1990.

(Debut: Sharon Sweet
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 27, 1990


IL TROVATORE {535}
Giuseppe Verdi--Salvatore Cammarano

Manrico.................Franco Bonisolli
Leonora.................Sharon Sweet [Debut]
Count Di Luna...........Lajos Miller
Azucena.................Shirley Verrett
Ferrando................Terry Cook
Ines....................Loretta Di Franco
Ruiz....................Charles Anthony
Messenger...............John Bills
Gypsy...................Ray Morrison

Conductor...............Michelangelo Veltri

Review of Bill Zakariasen in the Daily News

Met stars, ascending and resplendent

Last Friday, barely a week before the Metropolitan Opera was scheduled to end its season, the company's most important debut of the year occurred. Sharon Sweet, a young New York-born soprano, first stepped on the Met stage as Leonora in "II Trovatore," and she was a singular sensation. From the [very first] measures of "Tacea la notte," she proved she was a Verdi soprano to the manner born, prompting comparisons to Zinka Milanov. Not so farfetched - Sweet's wide-ranging voice is big, beautiful, impeccably schooled and effortlessly, naturally produced from top to bottom. Most important, she knows how to deliver the grand Verdian line with absolute authority. This is truly a major singer and she'll repeat her Leonora at the Met tonight and the Saturday [afternoon performance].

There was also good news in the superb Azucena of Shirley Verrett, who was in markedly better vocal shape than she was earlier this season. But the Manrico of Franco Bonisolli was merely a joke, despite a good high C. Bad taste ruled the stage when he was on it and, despite his wearing Errol Flynn's "Sea Hawk" boots, the only swashbuckling he offered was the off-and-on duel he had with conductor Michelangelo Veltri.



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