[Met Performance] CID:190130

La Traviata
Metropolitan Opera House, Sat, February 10, 1962

La Traviata (461)
Giuseppe Verdi | Francesco Maria Piave
Gabriella Tucci

Dino Formichini

Frank Guarrera

Joan Wall

Gabor Carelli

Baron Douphol
Calvin Marsh

Marquis D'Obigny
George Cehanovsky

Dr. Grenvil
Louis Sgarro

Mary Ellen Pracht

William Zakariasen

Vladimir Chistiakov

Ignace Strasfogel

Review 1:

Review of John Gruen in the New York Herald Tribune

Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" received its sixth performance of the season Saturday night at the Metropolitan Opera. Making her first appearance in the role of Violetta was soprano Gabriella Tucci. It, was an appearance marked by uncommon vocal and interpretative artistry. Miss Tucci seems to have that rare ability of projecting a character so masterfully that one tends to forget that a diva is also singing a role and, as divas go, this is no mean feat.

Of course, the opera is replete with a spectrum of super-attenuated emotions. What was remarkable was that Miss Tucci made every one of these credible and touching. Her singing (and this seems to be a characteristic) does not assume its best qualities until she is well into a role. Thus "Fors' e Lui" and "Sempre Libera" suffered from vocal tensions, but thereafter the voice became sinuous and richly poetic in every range.

Dino Formichini was Alfredo, Calvin Marsh, the Marquis and Joan Wall was Flora Bervoix among the familiar cast. Ignace Strasfogel conducted a taut and balanced performance.

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