The troopers and townspeople… are handled as guests from the world of the Id. They emerge from crevices within the ground and from rocks like moles or grubby Nibelungen. When Enrico, the evil brother, sings his threatening aria within the first scene, these creatures, their navy uniforms draped in dirt-dark solutions of Scottish garb (designed by Martin Pakledinaz), out of the blue lengthen blood-covered fingers to their fuhrer.
These figures don’t truly sing (the refrain was offstage), presumably to allow them to consider their performing, which generally means doing mass impersonations of Quasimodo (Victor Hugo was considered one of Ms. Zambello’s inspirations). In addition they change into frenzied with pleasure in the course of the third act, rejoicing not over the nuptials, however as a result of Normanno, the captain of the guard, is disdainfully showering them with gold cash; they scamper about like chimps gathering bananas….
June Anderson—who will need to have had black-and-blue arms by the night’s finish, so typically was she grabbed and tossed abou—ang Lucia with an increasing number of refined empathy because the opera proceeded. The customary edge in her voice was gone; she appeared absorbed each within the function and its dreamy lyricism. She delivered a mad scene that mixed virtuosic management with a beautiful, haunting innocence.
On today in 1962 soprano Régine Crespin made her Metropolitan Opera debut because the Marschallin. Mezzo Hertha Töpper debuted as Octavian and Lotte Lehmann directed.
Pleased 78th birthday mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa.