[Met Performance] CID:146930
Tristan und Isolde {327} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/2/1948.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 2, 1948


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {327}

Tristan.................Lauritz Melchior
Isolde..................Helen Traubel
Kurwenal................Herbert Janssen
Brangäne................Blanche Thebom
King Marke..............Mihály Székely
Melot...................Emery Darcy
Sailor's Voice..........John Garris
Shepherd................Leslie Chabay
Steersman...............Philip Kinsman

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

[Traubel's costumes were designed by Adrian.]

Review, unsigned, in Musical America

The season's fourth Tristan, Feb. 2, was a performance of superior merits. Mr. Melchior, who had conflicts with the pitch in the love scene, made handsome atonement in the third act, particularly in the curse of the potion. It was Helen Traubel, however, who walked off with the chief vocal honors of the evening and who sang the dreamier passages of the duet with exquisitely floating soft tones and prevailing justness of intonation. Beautiful, likewise, was the tower song of Blanche Thebom, whose Brangäne grows from one performance to the next. Mihaly Szekely's King Mark is amazing for its searching vocal beauty



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