[Met Performance] CID:34920
Tristan und Isolde {73} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/11/1905.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 11, 1905 Matinee


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {73}
Wagner--Wagner

Tristan.................Andreas Dippel
Isolde..................Lillian Nordica
Kurwenal................Anton Van Rooy
Brangäne................Edyth Walker
King Marke..............Robert Blass
Melot...................Adolph Mühlmann
Sailor's Voice..........Jacques Bars
Shepherd................Albert Reiss
Steersman...............Eugène Dufriche

Conductor...............Alfred Hertz


Review in the New York Times:

Mr. Dippel Sings Tristan for the First Time

Since Mr. Knote's departure for Germany there have been makeshift and experimentation in all the Wagnerian music dramas at the Metropolitan Opera House and especially in those that lie outside of Mr. Burgstaller's very small repertory. First it was with Die Meistersinger, and now it is with Tristan und Isolde, neither of which has been in the repertory of the two German tenors now remaining on the scene. Mr. Dippel undertook the part of Tristan for the first time in his life yesterday afternoon, and Mr. Burgstaller will do the same next Saturday evening, according to the management's intentions. Tristan und Isolde is a work that lies very close to the hearts of the followers of Wagner, and this kind of experiment with it can be viewed by them with only one feeling.

Mr. Dippel's astonishing facility could have no more striking exemplification than in his Tristan; and what he did in it could only call for admiration of an extremely intelligent effort. But he ought never to have been called upon to do it. He is unfitted for the part in some of its most important requirements, notably in the heroic presence, the dominating personality, and, most of all, in the power and quality of voice that it demands. His conception is thoroughly worked out, and it is intelligent and skillful. But he never made his hearers forget the natural limitations within which he was working; not even in the last act, in which he touched the highest point of his achievement.

Mme. Nordica as Isolde, Miss Edyth Walker as Brangaene, who sang the watch song from the tower in the second act with great beauty of tone and phrasing; Mr. Van Rooy as Kurwenal, and Mr. Blass as King Marke are all known and well approved in these characters. Mme. Nordica took care this time that her part in the duet in the second act went better than it did last month. Mr. hertz conducted with something more of moderation than he has sometimes shown.



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