[Met Performance] CID:176330

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Metropolitan Opera House, Mon, December 2, 1957

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (273)
Gioachino Rossini | Cesare Sterbini
Frank Guarrera

Victoria de los Angeles

Count Almaviva
Cesare Valletti

Dr. Bartolo
Fernando Corena

Don Basilio
Cesare Siepi

Margaret Roggero

Calvin Marsh

Alessio De Paolis

Rudolf Mayreder

Max Rudolf

Review 1:

Review signed W. F. in the Herald Tribune

'Barber of Seville' Repeated by the Met

Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" was repeated Monday night by the Metropolitan Opera Company with Victoria de los Angeles in the role of Rosina for the first time this season. Calvin Marsh sang the minor role of Fiorello for the first time with the company.

Miss de los Angeles' vocal performance was altogether radiant and breathtaking. Last night she was virtually free from the metallic buzz that has been marring her upper range throughout much of the current season. What we were left with, then, was singing of enormous lucidity and style - delicately colored, elegantly phrased and, well, just about as pretty as anything one is likely to hear these days. Her play-acting was alert, to-the-point and without heavily emphasized ingenuousness.

The rest of the cast, too, was very good. Frank Guarrera's Figaro comes over as a lusty, attractive charlatan - sung, it must be admitted, with more animal vigor than high style. Cesare Valletti, as Almaviva, has the style but gave us little aural sensuousness. Dr. Bartolo and Don Basilio, sung by Fernando Corena and Cesare Siepi respectively, were properly oafish and bizarre and they both sang handsomely.

Max Rudolf's conducting was intelligent and stylish but, for some curious reason, a bit limp.

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