[Met Performance] CID:159050
Elektra {16} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/23/1952., Broadcast

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Metropolitan Opera House
February 23, 1952 Matinee Broadcast


ELEKTRA {16}

Elektra.................Astrid Varnay
Chrysothemis............Walburga Wegner
Klytämnestra............Elisabeth Höngen
Orest...................Paul Schöffler
Aegisth.................Set Svanholm
Overseer................Thelma Votipka
Serving Woman...........Martha Lipton
Serving Woman...........Hertha Glaz
Serving Woman...........Mildred Miller
Serving Woman...........Lucine Amara
Serving Woman...........Genevieve Warner
Confidant...............Jean Madeira
Trainbearer.............Paula Lenchner
Young Servant...........Paul Franke
Old Servant.............Luben Vichey
Guardian................Alois Pernerstorfer

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


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Review of Robert Sabin in Musical America

At the season's second performance of "Elektra" the cast remained unchanged, except for the role of Orestes, in which Paul Schöffler replaced Hans Hotter. Mr. Schöffler sang with splendid assurance. He might have made the figure of the avenging son more impressive dramatically, but he was always dignified if not heroic in bearing. It is no secret by this time that the Metropolitan's Elektra, with Fritz Reiner conducting, is one of its memorable productions. Astrid Varnay was again superb in the title role: and Elizabeth Höngen offered the most searching characterization of Klytemenstra that I have ever witnessed. Walburga Wegner, Set Svanholm, and the other artists of the cast vied with the orchestra in a performance of blazing intensity that left the house in an uproar of enthusiasm as had the season's first.


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