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She made her Met debut in 1933 as Lucia and her farewell in 1960 on the Worker’s Welfare Gala

Account and evaluate of Irving Kolodin in The Saturday Evaluate of Literature:

“LILY PONS’s enduring fame was not severely marred by her most up-to-date Metropolitan look in a “gala” paying tribute to her appearances there in twenty-five successive years since her debut in 1931. She appeared indescribably effectively, she sang with an indescribable impact on a big viewers, and so they responded with applause of heat and quantity. Leopold Stokowski was current, additionally Gladys Swarthout, Lillian Gish, David Oistrakh, and Andre Kostelanetz. The second act of “Rigoletto,” the “Mad Scene” from “Lucia,” and a gaggle of arias have been interspersed with tokens of esteem from administration, administrators, and colleagues.

The entire level of the occasion-how lengthy Miss Pons has lasted in her chosen discipline and the way effectively she nonetheless does what made her famous-was dulled a bit of by two information. She has, really, lasted longer than most different coloraturas (the pedants will notice that Marcella Sembrich sang within the Met’s first season, 1883, and didn’t retire till 1909) however within the ten postwar years she has appeared on the Met solely thirty-four occasions, a mean of three-plus a yr. Thus, her operatic endeavor has been unfold very skinny for a really very long time. In a few of these seasons she sang not more than as soon as, that means that her “streak”-like some well-known ones within the sporting world–has been stored alive as a lot by courtesy as by achievement.

As to the second level, Miss Pons has been well-known a very long time, and has been singing close to, somewhat, than on, the pitch a lot of that point. That typical attribute was not denied the viewers at her “gala,” which heard a Gilda in typical Pons style-not too glowing in sound, however with each notice animated by a eager sense of viewers impact.

As a vocal phenomenon Miss Pons possessed a sounder approach than most of her contemporaries, additionally a compact stylish which she had the great sense to make a inventory in commerce. For preserving all of those in addition to she has, she is entitled to profound admiration, if extra as a type of perennial public character than as an operatic artist. Jan Peerce (the Duke) and Robert Merrill (Rigoletto) each sang uncommonly effectively within the Verdi, for which Fausto Cleva was the conductor.”

Birthday anniversaries of poet and librettist Pietro Metastasio (1698)
composer Charles Levadé (1869)
musical comic Victor Borge (1909)
conductor Rudolf Neuhaus (1914)
and mezzo-soprano Nell Rankin (1926).

Joyful 79th birthday conductor David Atherton.

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