[Met Performance] CID:149330

La Traviata
Metropolitan Opera House, Fri, December 31, 1948

La Traviata (310)
Giuseppe Verdi | Francesco Maria Piave
Licia Albanese

Jan Peerce

Leonard Warren

Maxine Stellman

Leslie Chabay

Baron Douphol
George Cehanovsky

Marquis D'Obigny
Lawrence Davidson

Dr. Grenvil
Osie Hawkins

Thelma Altman

Peggy Smithers

Marina Svetlova

Giuseppe Antonicelli

Désiré Defrère

Jonel Jorgulesco

Set Designer
Joseph Novak

Boris Romanoff

La Traviata received twelve performances this season.
Novak designed the set for Act II.

Review 1:

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the Herald Tribune

"Traviata" Performed First Time This Season

For its last offering of 1948, the Metropolitan Opera Association gave its season's first performance of Verdi's "La Traviata" yesterday evening with a trio of principals already well known in their roles. Licia Albanese's interpretation of Violetta was distinguished for its expressive intensity, carrying emotional conviction in song and gesture; with some unevenness of vocal production, the tone quality was appealing. The singing of Jan Peerce, a creditable Alfredo, was variable in clarity, while Leonard Warren, as the senior Germont, was in good voice, singing "Di Provenza" with laudable dynamic shading.

The other roles were allotted to Maxine Stellman, Thelma Altman, Leslie Chabay, George Cehanovsky, Osie Hawkins and Lawrence Davidson, who sang the role of the Marquis for the first time at the Metropolitan. In the musical interpretation under Giuseppe Antonicelli's conductorship the first act would have profited by more vitality, but there was a rise in spirit and expressive temperature as the performance pursued its course.

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