[Met Performance] CID:143840
Tristan und Isolde {322} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/30/1947.

(Debut: Wolfgang Martin
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 30, 1947


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {322}

Tristan.................Lauritz Melchior
Isolde..................Helen Traubel
Kurwenal................Osie Hawkins
Brangäne................Blanche Thebom
King Marke..............Mihály Székely
Melot...................Emery Darcy
Sailor's Voice..........Emery Darcy
Shepherd................Leslie Chabay
Steersman...............Gerhard Pechner

Conductor...............Wolfgang Martin [Debut]


Review of Harold C. Schonberg in the Sun

MARTIN DIRECTS "TRISTAN" AT THE MET

In a cast of "Tristan" that was liberally sprinkled with new faces last night in the Metropolitan Opera House, not the least of the strangers was the conductor, Wolfgang Martin, a member of the musical staff, who came to the house in the 1944-1945 season, found himself on the podium substituting for the indisposed Fritz Busch, and once the initial astonishment wore away, turned in a notable task. Considering that this was his first appearance as a Metropolitan conductor, and further remembering that he led this "Tristan" without benefit of rehearsal, the amount of nuance he drew from the score was flattering testimony to his ability.

Also new was the King Marke of Mihaly Szekely. This, too, was a performance worth noting. Mr. Szekely has a powerful, mellow bass voice that functions smoothly without the tremolo or off-pitch vibrations some low-voiced singers affect. It is handled with taste, musicianship and the range is well equalized. Dramatically, not much can be said because of the nature of the part. King Marke has little to do but look hurt and reproachful in the second act; this he did with dignity.

Blanche Thebom as Brangäne sounded slightly tired, but her singing, especially the "Wachtlied" was often brilliant. The same cannot be said of Lauritz Melchior (in his firt appearance this season in the opera) and Helen Traubel. The latter, especially, was not in good voice and carefully paced herself throughout. Osie Hawkins sang Kurvenal for the first time at the Metropolitan displaying a voice that was rather high and light to be entirely satisfactory. Others in the cast were Emery Darcy, who doubled as the sailor's voice and Melot; Gerhard Pechner (the Steersman); and Leslie Chabay, who sang the role of the shepherd for the first time.



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