[Met Performance] CID:121170
Tannhäuser {295} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/19/1937.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 19, 1937


TANNHÄUSER {295}

Tannhäuser..............Lauritz Melchior
Elisabeth...............Lotte Lehmann
Wolfram.................Friedrich Schorr
Venus...................Karin Branzell
Hermann.................Ludwig Hofmann
Walther.................Hans Clemens
Heinrich................Max Altglass
Biterolf................Arnold Gabor
Reinmar.................James Wolfe
Shepherd................Stella Andreva

Act I Bacchanale - Arranged by George Balanchine
Rabana Hasburgh, Charles Laskey, American Ballet Ensemble
Three Graces: Kathryn Mullowny, Daphne Vane, Elise Reiman

Conductor...............Maurice Abravanel

Unsigned review in the Evening Sun

Lehmann and Melchior Sing in 'Tannhäuser'

With Lotte Lehmann and Lauritz Melchior in the roles of Elisabeth and the erring Heinrich, Wagner's "Tannhäuser" was accorded its second and concluding performance of the season at the Metropolitan last night. Present to applaud was what appeared to be one of the season's largest audiences. Standees in such numbers as formerly were to be found only at aria-strung Italian operas braved enthusiastically the long acts, the first of which was appreciably extended by restorations made by the conductor, Maurice de Abravanel, of music in the Venusberg that has been cut in recent performances. Venus, admirably sung on this occasion by Karin Branzell, was the stage personage who profited thereby.

Miss Lehmann was in good voice and her impersonation had its familiar appeal. New and fortunate costumes contributed to Mr. Melchior's usual resounding success in the name part. Friedrich Schorr returned to the grave airs of Wolfram and Ludwig Hofmann reappeared as the Landgrave. Others concerned in a generally praiseworthy representation were Hans Clemens, Arnold Gabor, Max Altglass, James Wolfe and Stella Andreva.



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