[Met Performance] CID:106120
Tristan und Isolde {194} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/6/1930.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 6, 1930


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {194}
Wagner-Wagner

Tristan.................Rudolf Laubenthal
Isolde..................Gertrude Kappel
Kurwenal................Friedrich Schorr
Brangäne................Karin Branzell
King Marke..............Ivar Andresen
Melot...................Arnold Gabor
Sailor's Voice..........Hans Clemens
Shepherd................George Meader
Steersman...............James Wolfe

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

Director................Ernst Lert
Set designer............Joseph Urban
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert

Tristan und Isolde received seven performances this season.

Review of Quaintance Eaton in Musical America

The Initial 'Tristan'

The season's first "Tristan" at the Metropolitan, on Thursday night, Nov. 6, provided only two periods of illusion, with eyes either opened or closed. The best was Ivar Andresen's portrayal of King Mark, which filled the eye with dignity. His emotion needed no strenuous gestures for impression, but emphasized a telling repose. The Bayreuth bass's singing was not everything we believe it can be, but it was of a superior brand, at that. Friedrich Schorr in the role of Kurvenal was the other pleasant contemplation, for this artist fills with distinction each character he undertakes.

Mme. Kappel was not in her best form vocally, although a new wig and another costume in the first act dispelled some of the awkwardness which usually attends her Irish princess. Mr. Laubenthal's familiar portrait of the hero does not change much from season to season, and there is little reason for re-[evaluating] the question of his lyricism. Mme. Branzell boasted new golden locks, and balanced her somewhat hectic characterization of Brangäne with an excellent display of voice. Hans Clemens, a tenor newcomer, was the Sailor; Arnold Gabor sang Melot; George Meader was again the Shepherd, and James Wolfe the Steersman.



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