[Met Performance] CID:35070
Parsifal {20} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/22/1905.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 22, 1905 Matinee


PARSIFAL {20}

Parsifal................Alois Burgstaller
Kundry..................Olive Fremstad
Amfortas................Anton Van Rooy
Gurnemanz...............Robert Blass
Klingsor................Otto Goritz
Titurel.................Adolph Mühlmann
Voice...................Josephine Jacoby
First Esquire...........Katherine Moran
Second Esquire..........Paula Braendle
Third Esquire...........Albert Reiss
Fourth Esquire..........Werner Alberti
First Knight............Julius Bayer
Second Knight...........Adolph Mühlmann

The Flower Maidens:

Group I.
Soli: Alma Webster-Powell [Last performance], Mabel Rockwell, Lucille Lawrence
Chorus: Paula Braendle, Mildred Elliott, Jane Freund, Roberta Glanville, Bessie Greenwood, Elsa Harris, Jeannette Herzog, Maud Meredith, Adeline Thomas, India Waelchli, Miss White [Last performance], Blanche Yurka

Group II.
Soli: Lucy Lee Call, Lillian Heidelbach, Florence Mulford
Chorus: Minnie Egener, Miss Franklin, Miss Geleng, Helen Mapleson, Lucie Isabelle Marsh, Katherine Moran, Ida Rabenstein, Rosa Ritchie, Alice Sanford, Estelle Shearman, Edith Vail, Blanche Yorke

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

[A new way of listing the Flower Maidens began with this performance.]

Unsigned review in The New York Times

HOLIDAY AUDIENCE HEARS LAST "PARSIFAL" SUNG

Close of the Series of the Music Drama at the Metropolitan

MISS FREMSTAD AS KUNDRY

Washington's Birthday was celebrated by two performances in the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday, both of which were attended by very large audiences. In the morning the last performance of "Parsifal" for the present season was performed. It was an entirely worthy close of a series that has in most respects maintained the high standard that was set by Mr. Conried a year ago and a notable showing of the zeal and care that have been bestowed upon this production. The New York public has not been compelled to witness the gradual lapse into perfunctoriness that might so easily have come about in a series of representations so numerous as those of "Parsifal" in this city; for that there is much cause for gratitude. The interest in the performance yesterday was much greater than in the last ones of the seven given in the earlier part of the season, when the work was several times given before small audiences. The house was well filled and the standing room largely occupied; and the behavior of the spectators showed that the impressiveness or Wagner's solemn drama had by no means been dulled by repetition.

Miss Fremstad returned to the part of Kundry which she has interpreted with such notable distinction-with such a true understanding of its almost irreconcilable contrasts and the difficulty they present. She does it with splendid temperamental power and presents a figure convincing in its threefold aspects and, in the second act, of remarkable beauty and allurement. It marks the summit of her achievement as a dramatic singer. The rest of the cast was the same that has been concerned in the previous repetitions, including Mr. Burgstaller, Mr. Van Rooy, Mr. Blass and Mr. Goritz. Mr. Hertz conducted and secured a beautifully finished performance of the score.



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