[Met Performance] CID:165220

Cavalleria Rusticana
Metropolitan Opera House, Thu, March 18, 1954

Cavalleria Rusticana (371)
Pietro Mascagni | Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, Guido Menasci
Zinka Milanov

Kurt Baum

Mildred Miller

Frank Valentino

Mamma Lucia
Thelma Votipka

Alberto Erede

Hans Busch

Set Designer
Horace Armistead

Costume Designer
John Robert Lloyd

Pagliacci (410)
Ruggero Leoncavallo | Ruggero Leoncavallo
Lucine Amara

Ramon Vinay

Leonard Warren

Renato Capecchi

Paul Franke

Alberto Erede

D?sir? Defr?re

Set Designer
Joseph Novak

Cavalleria Rusticana received four performances this season.
Pagliacci received four performances this season.

Review 1:

Review of Ronald Eyer in Musical America

The venerable operatic twins, sired by Mascagni and Leonvacallo, were thrust into the breach caused by the still-mysterious withdrawal of "Simon Boccanegra" previously scheduled for revival at this time. The performances of the two operas had all the earmarks of hasty substitution, but they provided an evening of substantial, if unenchanting, entertainment.

Zinka Milanov and Kurt Baum were the main protagonists in "Cavalleria," and they made up in vocal power and luster what they may have lacked in dramatic conviction. On their lips, the thrice-familiar melodies of Mascagni sounded as fresh and stimulating as ever they were. Mildred Miller and Frank Valentino gave able support in the roles of Lola and Alfio, as did Thelma Votipka in that of Lucia.

"Pagliacci" began promisingly with a splendorous Prologue by Leonard Warren, the Tonio. But thereafter, as in the previous opera, the performance turned perfunctory and, for all the fine voices employed and the operatic wisdom and experience compounded many times over among the other participants, the tragic story of the clown could not gather the momentum of tension and excitement its verismo style urgently demands. Again there was much fine singing. In addition to Mr. Warren's brilliant and loudly acclaimed performance, there was the luscious, brilliant-toned Nedda of Lucine Amara, one of the Metropolitan's most promising young voices. There was also the clear, firm vocalism of Ramon Vinay as Canio and the ever-dependable voices of Paul Franke and Renato Capecchi as Beppe and Silvio respectively. Each in his individual moments produced something treasurable; but together, there was an indefinable want of rapport. Alberto Erede conducted both operas.

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