[Met Performance] CID:124520
Fidelio {61} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/31/1938., Broadcast

(Broadcast
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 31, 1938 Matinee Broadcast


FIDELIO {61}
Beethoven-Sonnleithner/Breuning/Treitschke

Leonore.................Kirsten Flagstad
Florestan...............René Maison
Don Pizarro.............Friedrich Schorr
Rocco...................Emanuel List
Marzelline..............Marita Farell
Jaquino.................Karl Laufkötter
Don Fernando............Arnold Gabor
First Prisoner..........Nicholas Massue
Second Prisoner.........Arnold Gabor

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

Director................Leopold Sachse
Designer...............Joseph Urban

[Joseph Urban was not credited as designer in the program, although the scenery was his, repainted by Joseph Novak.]

[The dialogue was performed with orchestral accompaniment composed by Artur Bodanzky.]

Fidelio received three performances this season.

Review of Irving Kolodin in the Sun

"FIDELIO" RETURNS TO OPERA ROSTER

Flagstad, Maison, List and Schorr in Chief Roles

Differences of opinion persist as to the merits of Kirsten's Flagstad's embodiment of Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio," which returned to the active repertory of the Metropolitan on Saturday afternoon, after an absence of two years. This reviewer has no hesitation in placing it beside the Norse soprano's Wagnerian interpretations, not only because of such singing as would be difficult to match in the lyric theaters of the world today, but because of the sympathy, the honesty and the freedom from theatrical exaggeration which distinguish Mme. Flagstad's characterization of the faithful wife.

There have been more Amazonian conceptions of the role but none in the experience of this writer that communicated more touchingly the essential womanliness of Leonore. Mme. Flagtstad sang the great "Abscheulicher" scene superbly, once she had passed the [beginning] phrases, which might readily have had more of denunciatory vehemence. Here and there the spoken lines in the dungeon scene needed a little more point and thrust. But these were trifles compared to the vocal beauty and the personal appeal of this Leonore.

Rene Maison's Florestan was the same moving and convincing portrayal that it was two years ago and one could hardly ask for a better Rocco that that of Emanuel List. Friedrich Schorr was moderately successful as the villainous Pizzaro, but this is not one of his most fortunate parts. The Jacquino of Karl Laufkötter was acceptable, if not vocally all it might have been. Marita Farell as Marzelline was another whose voice was scarcely adequate but who contrived otherwise to meet requirements. Arnold Gabor, called upon to substitute for Julius Huehn, could only do what he might with the solo of the Minister of State. One of the altogether commendable features of the performance was the singing of the chorus. Artur Bodanzky contrived a generally good orchestral performance, though some erratic horn playing beyond his control seriously marred the "Abschuelicher."



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