[Met Performance] CID:105190
Tannhäuser {259} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/9/1930.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 9, 1930


TANNHÄUSER {259}

Tannhäuser..............Lauritz Melchior
Elisabeth...............Gertrude Kappel
Wolfram.................Gustav Schützendorf
Venus...................Elisabeth Ohms
Hermann.................Siegfried Tappolet
Walther.................Marek Windheim
Heinrich................Max Bloch
Biterolf................Arnold Gabor
Reinmar.................James Wolfe
Shepherd................Louise Lerch
Dance...................Lilyan Ogden
Dance...................Jessie Rogge
Dance...................Martha Henkel

Act I Bacchanale - Arranged by August Berger
Corps de Ballet
Three Graces: Lilyan Ogden, Jessie Rogge, Irene Saffran

Conductor...............Artur Bodanzky

Review (unsigned) in Town Topics

Wednesday night's "Tannhäuser" is a different story. That was altogether too indicative of the tag end of a long, hard season. It was a mistake to thrust Mme. Kappel at this stage of the game into the gently youthful duties of Elisabeth. Anybody who doubts this should have heard her heavy, tired-out delivery of Elisabeth's prayer, with its insistent scooping and its distressing quarrels with the pitch. Nor was Mme. Ohms happily assigned as Venus. To the eye she made a not displeasing, if very stalwart, goddess. Her voice and singing, however, disclosed little of seductiveness. Mr. Melchior is heard and seen to less advantage in "Tannhäuser" than in some other of his roles. The end-of-the-season conditions brought about the allotment of the lyric Wolfram to Mr. Schützendorf, and it must be said that though his baritone's hard-driven voice is usually associated with the decidedly unlyric measures of Beckmesser and Alberich, he supplied about the most satisfactory individual contribution to the evening's farrago. The beardless Landgraf of Mr. Tappolet exhibited a serviceable routine, although both in appearance and in vocal timbre this basso is too juvenile for the role of Elisabeth's reigning uncle.



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