… A veritable jewel of balance and subtlety.
Cura revealed the seriousness of purpose behind Puccini’s work, not as a Viennese-style operetta —as it was initially commissioned— but as a work dissecting the female psyche that could stand beside the works of Richard, rather than Johann, Strauss. The complex psychological tussle was directed with skill by Cura, who chose to set the action in designs and costumes of a post-World War II period. Puccini’s much-revised ending was cleverly staged.
… An effective intelligence in staging the scene, testifying to a skillful know-how in distilling dramatic tension.
The tremendous ovation CURA received during curtain call was undoubtedly for this talent.