Raymond Ericson in The New York Instances:
Because the first act is kind of the Marschallin’s, the viewers knew what to make of Miss Schwarzkopf’s efficiency by the point the act was over. The soprano conquered her listeners, and the roar that crammed the home when she took her bows have to be the type that essentially the most useless prima donna may ask for.
When she has sung in “Rosenkavalier” elsewhere, Miss Schwarzkopf’s interpretation has impressed some controversy. Final evening, her efficiency was by no means lower than admirable and infrequently it was deeply transferring. Together with her blond radiance, she regarded lovely and behaved with the aristocratic method anticipated of the Marschallin. She was continually projecting essentially the most minute dramatic particulars recommended by the textual content when it comes to vocal phrasing and coloration and of facial and bodily expression.
If these by no means appeared synthetic there have been occasions when the feelings swept by so shortly and simply one was just a little uneasy of their presence. However she was capable of do one factor beautifully and uncannily: after wanting so youthfully completely happy in her early love scenes with Octavian, she appeared to age bodily as she started to consider the passing years and about shedding her lover.
This was the aspect in her efficiency to which one couldn’t fail to reply, and within the closing moments of her deepening consciousness of the lonely years forward she was convincingly and terribly touching.
Vocally, Miss Schwarzkopf is now not the recent, pure-voiced artist she was once. The voice has grown bigger. At occasions it’s extra shrill; at occasions it has its previous blandishments, and she will nonetheless handle beautiful excessive pianissimos.
On today in 1965 soprano Renata Scotto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Cio-Cio San.
Birthday anniversaries of composers Rafael Martínez Valls (1887) and Hugo Weisgall (1912), conductor Boris Khaikin (1904) and bass Enzo Dara (1938).