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“A homosexual occasion” « parterre field

John Chapman within the Information:

The primary evening of a Metropolitan Opera season is, and needs to be, a homosexual occasion – not screwball or stinko, however homosexual within the nicest and pleasantest sense. Final night’s inauguration of the Met’s sixty fifth season was, to this completely satisfied listener, all it needs to be, for the opera was the late Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” Right here have been wit and melody, and a very good firm, and Fritz Reiner answerable for the orchestra. The efficiency was a promise of many high quality occasions to come back in the course of the subsequent 18 weeks, for “Rosenkavalier” is without doubt one of the most satisfying of all works within the musical theatre. It was chosen for the inaugural as a tribute to Strauss, whose passing eliminated the final of the giants of the outdated occasions. The crush and dither of a gap have been extra intense than standard as a result of eight tv cameras and crews have been arrange in doubtless spots and many of the Met’s 4,000 clients seemed to be lens hounds. They wished their “pitchers token” by this new gadget, and mistakenly thought that in the event that they received in entrance of considered one of these items they’d be seen in all of the saloons of six massive cities.

A Pretty Marschallin.

They have been unsuitable on a number of counts, in fact, considered one of them being that just one digicam was on the air at a time – which gave them just one likelihood in eight of being waved at by a bartender’s towel. However a tv setup in Sherry’s carnival room on the Grand Tier attracted such a throng of gawkers that many who had reserved tables for the first-act intermission and had ordered champagne buckets to be ready didn’t get via to their locations earlier than the Presentation of the Silver Rose scene started. I’d say the most effective a part of a typically cheerful report needs to be a profound salute to Eleanor Steber, who for the primary time in her profession on the opera home was singing the function of the Marschallin. It appeared to me that she was beautiful in it – that she sang it, regarded it and acted it superbly.

An Attention-grabbing Debut.

The opposite principal roles have been within the skilled custody of Risë Stevens, within the title function, and Emanuel Checklist, as Baron Ochs. They know a terrific deal about this work, and their performances have been satisfying to those ears and eyes. Mr. Checklist is a tasteful comic, and he drew huzzas, in fact, for the waltz scene – with noble assist from Mr. Rainer and his males. Making her Met debut was Erna Berger as Sophie – a task she had sung overseas with Herr Strauss conducting. She is small and enticing – a Dresden doll, no much less, for that’s the place she is from – and her voice has a pleasant, contemporary high quality.

My chief spy, a Mata Hari with purple hair, reported to me that she heard a few well-preserved, well-decorated patronesses speaking it over in a powder room in the course of the first intermission. One among them was saying that whereas she was in Switzerland an outdated man stayed at her lodge and used to benefit from the little orchestra of a night. “We thought he was only a vacationer,” she mentioned, “nevertheless it was Richard Strauss himself.” Her companion thought this was thrilling and requested, “And was he the Strauss who wrote “The Merry Widow, too ?” “Oh sure!” the primary one assured her.

On this present day in 1974 tenor José Carreras made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi.

Birthday anniversaries of dramatist and librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836), composer Amadeo Vives (1871), soprano Maria Ivogün (1891) and baritone Jess Walters (1908).

Blissful birthday to parterre field scribe Sylvia Korman!



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