Virgil Thomson within the Herald Tribune:
Lisa della Casa, a Swiss soprano of fine European reputation, made her first look final night time With the Metropolitan Opera Firm because the Countess, in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” Her voice, velvety and vibrant, is certainly one of nice pure magnificence. She appears to be nicely schooled too, for she sang on pitch and she or he made no ugly sounds. All the identical, each her arias, the “Porgi amor” and the “Dove sono,” have been a contact disappointing for lack of a grand line. Observe by word they have been beautiful, however the notes didn’t assemble. There was loads of breath (and the “Dove sono” takes it), however one was conscious of respiration issues. Miss della Casa appears to be an excellent discover. One does hope that she is going to get her confidence shortly, for if she doesn’t she is going to lose her viewers. And that might be a pity for an artist with qualities so superior.
Irmgard Seefried, a German soprano well-known on this nation, made her Metropolitan debut on the similar time, as Susanna. Vocal safety and stage assurance have been hers in abundance. The voice is fairly too, although much less recent than Miss della Casa’s. Competence marked her each transfer and utterance. I needed all night that I might discover her work extra fascinating than I did.
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