[Met Performance] CID:184520

Metropolitan Opera House, Tue, March 22, 1960

Review 1:

Review of John Ardoin in Musical America
Superbly jeweled and gowned, Antonietta Stella appeared as Tosca for the first time this season. She was not in her best voice and seemed plagued by a cold. Consequently she held her voice down most of the evening which created some surprisingly effective moments. Temperamentally she is ideal for the role. Though some of the second act was overly exaggerated, it had a potent dramatic thrust that often was chilling.

Appearing as Mario for the first time this season was Carlo Bergonzi. He is better suited for this role than the more dramatic parts he has done this season. In a lyric role such as this his voice has a freshness and buoyancy which is a delight.

Cornell MacNeil's Scarpia is dramatically more secure and satisfying than it was at the first of the season, and, as ever, his rich voice provides some of the finest moments of the evening. Much of the tense excitement of the drama was due to Dimitri Mitropoulos' firm hand in the pit.

Search by season: 1959-60

Search by title: Tosca,

Met careers