[Met Performance] CID:155140
Der Fliegende Holländer {48} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/22/1950.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 22, 1950


DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER {48}

Dutchman................Paul Schöffler
Senta...................Margaret Harshaw
Erik....................Set Svanholm
Daland..................Sven Nilsson
Mary....................Hertha Glaz
Steersman...............Thomas Hayward

Conductor...............Fritz Reiner


Review of James Hinton Jr. in Musical America

Miss Harshaw had until this performance appeared as a mezzo-soprano, and had sung such roles as Amneris, Azucena, Erda, and Waltraute-as well as Mary in earlier performances of this opera-at the Metropolitan. Toward the close of last season, while continuing her mezzo-soprano career at the opera house, she began to make outlying appearances singing Wagnerian soprano excerpts with symphony orchestras. This, however, was her first appearance as a soprano in New York.

Other singers have changed their classifications, with varying degrees of success, but few have had as good a vocal prognosis as Miss Harshaw for their new career. Her middle voice has always been full-bodied enough to make her singing of mezzo-soprano music effective, but the production of her upper voice has seemed very much like that of a soprano-clear and firm, without much carrying up of chest resonance in the interest of dramatic force.

Now, as a soprano, she seems to have lightened and purified her top notes even more, and the resulting sound seemed generally securely placed. She started off a little tentatively, but she sang freely and with rich tone in the second-act duets, taking the high Bs without difficulty. Dramatically, her performance followed Herbert Graf's patterns faithfully. In sum, it may be said that Miss Harshaw demonstrated that she can most certainly vocalize soprano roles; whether she will prove very forceful in them remains to be seen. but her first essay was auspicious.



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