[Met Performance] CID:144030
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {244} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/17/1947.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 17, 1947


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {244}

Hans Sachs..............Herbert Janssen
Eva.....................Astrid Varnay
Walther von Stolzing....Torsten Ralf
Magdalene...............Martha Lipton
David...................John Garris
Beckmesser..............Gerhard Pechner
Pogner..................Dezsö Ernster
Kothner.................Mack Harrell
Vogelgesang.............Thomas Hayward
Nachtigall..............Hugh Thompson
Ortel...................Osie Hawkins
Zorn....................Leslie Chabay
Moser...................Lodovico Oliviero
Eisslinger..............Emery Darcy
Foltz...................William Hargrave
Schwarz.................Philip Kinsman
Night Watchman..........Philip Kinsman

Conductor...............Fritz Busch


Review of Harold C. Schonberg in the Sun

Ralf Sings in "Meistersinger"

The season's second performance of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger" last night at the Metropolitan Opera House, saw Torsten Ralf resume the role of Walther, which he sang last year. With Herbert Janssen as Hans Sachs, Gerhard Pechner as Beckmesser, Astrid Varnay as Eva, Deszo Ernster as Pogner and John Garris as David, the cast was largely familiar. There was one newcomer, however, Martha Lipton, who sang Magdalene for the first time.

On the whole, the performance, which was under the direction of Fritz Busch, was not one of the company's brighter efforts. The pace was a little lethargic, and at least two of the principals left something to be desired. Ernster's voice last night was mostly guttural, lacking melodic flow, while Miss Varnay lacks the appealing tenderness a good Eva should convey. Most of the other singing was competently managed but without special impetus. Mention however, should be made of the bright clarity that Garris brings to David, and the steady intelligence of Ralf. Miss Lipton's well thought out Magdalene has sufficient volume to carry above Wagner's orchestration, her deportment is relatively unmannered and during the brief time while she held the stage some pleasant moments were provided.



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