[Met Performance] CID:19450
Tannhäuser {77} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/29/1898.

(Opening Night {14}
Maurice Grau, General Manager
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 29, 1898
Opening Night {14}

Under the Direction of Mr. Maurice Grau


TANNHÄUSER {77}
Wagner--Wagner

Tannhäuser..............Ernest Van Dyck
Elisabeth...............Emma Eames
Wolfram.................Henri Albers
Venus...................Lillian Nordica
Hermann.................Pol Plançon
Walther.................Jacques Bars
Heinrich................Hans Meffert
Biterolf................Adolph Mühlmann
Reinmar.................Theodore Meux
Shepherd................Louise Meisslinger

Conductor...............Luigi Mancinelli


From the Review of W.J. Henderson:

...Mme. Eames sang Elisabeth in German for the first time here. Her voice was in glorious condition, and a glorious voice it is. How grandly it rolled out last night, and how tender in color it was when that was necessary. But Mme. Eames's style is essentially lyric, and she does not always rise to the full height of Elizabeth's declamation. In the pleading to her father she was admirable, but her "Dich teure halle" lacked breadth and authority. In the third act she sang beautifully. Her enunciation of the German text was not all that could be desired, but on the whole she made a lovely and lovable Elizabeth.

M. Plancon sang in German for the first time. He was a dignified and courtly Landgrave, but he was suffering from a cold so badly that Mr. Grau made an apology for him after the first act. It was a delight to judges of singing to see how excellently he managed his voice in the trying circumstances. M. Henri Albers, the new French baritone of the company, sang Wolfram in German. This, too, was a first experience with the original text. M. Albers will probably be greatly liked before the season is over. He has a sonorous and smooth voice of beautiful quality, and he sings a lovely cantilena. He did not show much declamatory power last night, but he sang with genuine feeling.



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