[Met Performance] CID:124950
Tannhäuser {309} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/3/1939.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 3, 1939 Matinee


TANNHÄUSER {309}

Tannhäuser..............Lauritz Melchior
Elisabeth...............Irene Jessner
Wolfram.................Herbert Janssen
Venus...................Karin Branzell
Hermann.................Herbert Alsen
Walther.................Erich Witte
Heinrich................Max Altglass
Biterolf................Adolf Vogel
Reinmar.................Louis D'Angelo
Shepherd................Pearl Besuner

Act I - Bacchanale
Felia Dubrovska, Ruth Chanova, Grant Mouradoff, George Chaffee, Corps de Ballet
Three Graces: Beatrice Weinberger, Doris Neal, Ruth Harris

Conductor...............Erich Leinsdorf

Review by Oscar Thompson in the New York Sun:

Lyricism of a kind that never yet made an opera of a music drama less enjoyable played an enlarged part in the beginning of the Metropolitan's Wagner cycle yesterday afternoon, thanks to the participation of the company's new German baritone, Herbert Jannsen. His beautifully sung Wolfram was an important factor in the success of a sturdy and in many respects admirable, performance of "Tannhäuser" conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. In a shade better voice than when he made his debut in the same role last Saturday night, Mr. Janssen treated the several airs of Wolfram much as the highest type of song interpreter might treat Lieder of Schubert or Brahms. That is to say, he sang them with an affectionate regard for their poetic feeling as well as their musical qualities. His tone was warm and unforced, his style that of one who knew and respected the uses of legato. Singing so poised, so smooth, so expressive, and of such technical excellence will always be welcomed by the discriminating.



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