Santi; Tucker, Nilsson, Merrill, Dobbs, Madeira
Original Air Date: 01/12/1963
MOD Audio
This performance finds the principals in very strong form (Nilsson’s only broadcast from the Met of Amelia) and Tucker is an excellent match for her. Merrill is in his run of eight of the nine Ballo broadcasts between 1955 and 1985!!!! Definitely worth a listen. (Schonberg NYT Review,1/11/63) Birgit Nilsson is by common consent the greatest active Wagenrian soprano, but that does not mean she cannot sing other music. She mader her first appearance of the season at the Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday night, and she sang the role of Amelia in Verdi’s UN BOOLO IN MASCHERA for the first time at the house. And she sang a spectacular performance. It was not the kind of singing, though, that most Italian sopranos bring to the role…Nillsson’s is a Nordic voice with a wider sound than that produced by the Italians, and hence a little cooler. Also, like most Nordic singers, she holds her emotins in check. There is no sobbing, no carrying on, and the general impression is one of complete vocal and emotional control. But what control! …. for more >

This post was imported from a CSV/ICS file.