Recording information: The Metropolitan Opera, New York City (01/27/1945).
This performance features the spectacular mezzo-soprano Risė Stevens singing one of her signature roles, the shy but loving Mignon, a part that she regularly brought to life with "warmth and charm in both song and action," according to The New York Times. Overflowing with musical variety, the opera is a true rarity, not heard at the Met since Stevens last did it in 1949. Mignon has another role dear to the hearts of singing actors: old Lothario, who turns out to be Mignon's father. The part comes alive with a stellar turn by Ezio Pinza whose "superb voice" and "expressiveness" made the role "fascinating," according to the Times review by Olin Downes. Also in the cast are Mimi Benzell as the flirtatious actress Philine and James Melton as Wilhelm Meister, Mignon's true love. Wilfred Pelletier conducts the Met Orchestra.
First official, remastered CD and digital release: These historic performances, originally broadcast via the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday afternoon radio series, have never before been available in authorized versions. Sony Classical continues to present the first commercial releases of this invaluable material, newly remastered from the original sources and with the imprimatur of the Met.
Submitted on 10/15/11 by bj
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Works DetailsThomas, Ambroise : Mignon
- Conductor: Wilfrid Pelletier
- Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
- Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1866