[Met Performance] CID:174220

La Bohème
Metropolitan Opera House, Thu, February 28, 1957

Review 1:

Review of Harold C. Schonberg in The New York Times


"La Bohème" again was sung at the Metropolitan Opera last night, and there was one new face in the cast. Gianni Poggi sang his first Rodolfo at the house. Licia Albanese, as Mimi, was heard in the role for the first time this season. Rounding out the cast were Ettore Bastianini, George Cehanovsky, Giorgio Tozzi, Heidi Krall, Lawrence Davidson and Alessio De Paolis. Thomas Schippers conducted.

The Puccini opera received a rather strenuous performance. In Act I everything sounded loud, and Mr. Poggi sounded very loud. He is not the most subtle of artists, and he gets his major effects from ringing tones up to about an A flat. Above that he does not appear to be overly comfortable. His acting was well-routined; obviously he is no stranger to the role.

Miss Albanese sang with her usual grace, style and delicacy, husbanding her resources for maximum effect. Few singers can make such a touching impression in Act III of "Bohème." Her following among the standees was out in full force and let the world know their high regard for her.

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