Allen Hughes in The New York Occasions:
Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” will obtain the age of 100 in the course of the present Metropolitan season (on April 8, to be exact), and to have fun the anniversary the corporate has revived the work after a seven-year absence from its repertory.
That is no routine revival. John Dexter has restaged the work in Beni Montresor’s lavish units, the forged (apart from Mignon Dunn as Laura) is a brand new one for the corporate, there may be new choreography by Louis Johnson for the “Dance of the Hours” with Allegra Kent because the main dancer in it, and a conductor new to the Metropolitan, Giuseppe Patané, is on the rostrum. All of it added as much as a good-looking and on the entire profitable manufacturing in its first presentation, Saturday night time.
Martina Arroyo was within the title position, which proved to swimsuit her properly. It could be simple to think about a extra incandescent interpretation than hers, however the blessing of her voice and the sincerity of her method to character portrayal make her a commendable if not thrilling Gioconda.
On at the present time in 1974 Britten’s Demise in Venice had its American Premiere on the Metropolitan Opera. Tenor Peter Pears and baritone John Shirley-Quirk made their debuts.
Three Broadway openings on at the present time: Bock/Harnicks The Apple Tree (Barbara Harris, Alan Alda and Larry Blyden) in 1966; Ahrens/Flaherty’s As soon as on This Island in 1990 and the Abba musical Mamma Mia in 2001.
Completely satisfied 88th birthday soprano Berit Lindholm.
Completely satisfied eighty fifth birthday soprano Catarina Ligendza.
Completely satisfied 77th birthday tenor Henry Worth.
Completely satisfied seventy fifth birthday soprano Margarita Castro Alberty.
Completely satisfied birthday to parterre field scribe Christian Ocier.