[Met Performance] CID:198250

Don Giovanni
Metropolitan Opera House, Sun, May 10, 1964 Matinee

Don Giovanni (248)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Lorenzo Da Ponte
Don Giovanni
Cesare Siepi

Donna Anna
Leontyne Price

Don Ottavio
Luigi Alva

Donna Elvira
Lisa Della Casa

Ezio Flagello

Roberta Peters

Theodor Uppman

Justino Díaz

Joseph Rosenstock

Review 1:

Review of John Ardoin in Musical America
The gala World’s Fair season ended on May 10 with a matinee performance of “Don Giovanni.” Featuring the first Don Ottavio at the house by Luigi Alva. Though Mr. Alva was certainly a cut or two above the average Ottavio, he was still not in the same league with Nicolai Gedda and Leopold Simoneau, who were also heard in the role this season. Alva was not in his best voice and his singing was breathy; he gave undue stress to some notes, and tended to rush spots in “Il mio tesoro” in order to phrase long passages in one breath. He looked like a teenager, especially next to the ripe Donna Anna of Leontyne Price. On the whole, his singing like his appearance as immature; time is the best doctor who what now ails this Ottavio.

In general this was a good ensemble “Don Giovanni.” Outstanding in single roles were Roberta Peters (Zerlina) and Ezio Flagello (Leporello). Completing the cast were Cesare Siepi (Giovanni), Lisa della Casa (Elvira) Justino Diaz (Commendatore), and Theodore Uppman (Masetto). Joseph Rosenstock conducted.

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