[Met Performance] CID:161210

La Forza del Destino
Metropolitan Opera House, Thu, December 4, 1952

La Forza del Destino (62)
Giuseppe Verdi | Francesco Maria Piave
Zinka Milanov

Don Alvaro
Mario Del Monaco

Don Carlo
Giuseppe Valdengo

Padre Guardiano
Cesare Siepi

Mildred Miller

Fra Melitone
Gerhard Pechner

Marquis de Calatrava
Luben Vichey

Laura Castellano

Algerd Brazis

Fritz Stiedry

Review 1:

Review of Christi Barter in Musical America
Mario del Monaco appeared as Don Alvaro for the first time on this occasion, replacing Richard Tucker. His performance was in every respect one of the best he has given this year. The young tenor made of the aria, “Oh, tu che in seno agli angeli,” in the {beginning] scene in the second act, a marvel of vocal color and interpretative force, and he maintained the same high level of execution in what followed. Mr. Del Monaco revealed, above all, a most remarkable stylistic affinity to the vivid drama of Verdi's music and the severe emotional demands of the role. Another fine performance was that of Giuseppe Valdengo, who made his initial appearance as Don Carlo. Thoroughly at home in the part, he sang with consistent richness and clarity of tone.

The rest of the cast was unchanged. Zinka Milanov, as Leonora, was vocally uneven in the first scene, but her singing of the” Pace, pace, mio dio,” in the last act, again attained near perfection. As in previous performances, Cesare Siepi was heard as Padre Guardiano; Gerhard Pechner, as Fra Melitone; Lubomir Vichegonov, as the Marquis; Mildred Miller, as Preziosilla; Laura Castellano, as Curra; and Algerd Brazis, as the Surgeon. Fritz Stiedry conducted.

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