[Met Performance] CID:149390
Tristan und Isolde {333} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/6/1949.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 6, 1949


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {333}

Tristan.................Max Lorenz
Isolde..................Helen Traubel
Kurwenal................Herbert Janssen
Brangäne................Blanche Thebom
King Marke..............Dezsö Ernster
Melot...................Emery Darcy
Sailor's Voice..........John Garris
Shepherd................Leslie Chabay
Steersman...............Philip Kinsman

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


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Max Lorenz appeared as Tristan for the first time this season in the third hearing of Wagner's opera. As in last year's performances, the tenor displayed his accomplished schooling in the tradition of the part, and he sang even better, in some instances, than previously. Though his voice has little velvet remaining, and though he resorted to occasional shouting and even sobbing, he invested the second act love duet with enough tone and with considerable expressiveness; and he rose to communicative heights in several passages in the third act. His death scene was nobly and simply done, even if his appearance was not conducive to illusion. This fault was partly due to the absence of the beard which lent impressiveness to his Tristan last year.

The remainder of the cast was as before. Helen Traubel was in superb voice, and sang flawlessly in the first two acts. Her Liebestod had less impact than seemed desirable; indeed, she gave the impression of having cooled off during the long wait.
Dezso Ernster made Marke's monologue a truly musical experience as well as an absorbing piece of drama. Blanche Thebom and Herbert Janssen contributed their familiar portraits of Brangane and Kurvenal. Emery Darcy, Leslie Chabay and Philip Kinsman completed the cast. Fritz Busch conducted with authority and, especially in the second act. with real emotional fire.



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