[Met Performance] CID:146210

La Traviata
Metropolitan Opera House, Sat, November 29, 1947

La Traviata (296)
Giuseppe Verdi | Francesco Maria Piave
Licia Albanese

Jan Peerce

Frank Valentino

Thelma Votipka

Leslie Chabay

Baron Douphol
George Cehanovsky

Marquis D'Obigny
John Baker

Dr. Grenvil
Lorenzo Alvary

Thelma Altman

Peggy Smithers

Marina Svetlova

Giuseppe Antonicelli

Désiré Defrère

Jonel Jorgulesco

Set Designer
Joseph Novak

Boris Romanoff

La Traviata received fourteen performances this season.
Novak designed another setting for Act II, Scene 1.

Review 1:

Noel Straus in The New York Times

Albanese and Peerce Appear in the Principal Roles, With Antonicelli Conducting Verdi's "La Traviata" received its first performance of the season last night at the Metropolitan Opera House. The popular work moved along smoothly under the leadership of Giuseppe Antonicelli, who conducted with spirit and adapted tempi that were always well chosen. A familiar cast appeared, headed by Licia Albanese as Violetta, Jan Peerce as Alfredo and Francesco Valentino as the elder Germont.

Miss Albanese was as dramatically forceful as usual in her impersonation of Dumas' heroine. Her voice, which faded out in the lower reaches of the scale, but acquired increasing resonance and brilliancy as it moved upward in its range, was always used with skill and deep expressiveness. There was pronounced flexibility in her singing of the florid music at the close of the first act, the "Sempre libera" being accurately and scintillatingly encompassed, while elsewhere she was invariably the sympathetic and sensitive vocalist.

Mr. Peerce, in top form, brought firm, ample tones to his manly singing, and managed to make Alfredo a less spineless character than often proves the case in this opera. He sang with warmth and intensity, and nowhere with more effectiveness than in the aria, "Die miei bollenti spiriti," which was admirable in its fluency and its roundness of sound.

The weakest of the principals was Mr. Valentino, who occasionally sang acceptable phrases, but for the most part permitted the music allotted Giorgio Germont to degenerate into pitchless, thick, unfocused tones, as in the "Di Provenza," which was a most undistinguished piece of vocalism.

Others in the personnel included Thelma Votipka as Flora, Thelma Altman as Annina, George Cehanovsky as Baron Douphol, Leslie Chabay as Gastone, John Baker as Marquis D'Obigny and Lorenzo Alvary as Doctor Grenvil,

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