[Met Performance] CID:355141
Tannhäuser {47} Amphion Academy, Brooklyn, New York: 05/18/1889.

(Review)


New York, Brooklyn
Amphion Academy
May 18, 1889


TANNHÄUSER {47}

Tannhäuser..............Paul Kalisch
Elisabeth...............Sophie Traubmann
Wolfram.................Alois Grienauer [Last performance]
Venus...................Louise Meisslinger
Hermann.................Karl Mühe [Last performance]
Walther.................Albert Mittelhauser
Heinrich................Wilhelm Sedlmayer
Biterolf................Ludwig Mödlinger [Last performance]
Reinmar.................Jean Doré
Shepherd................Félicie Kaschowska

Conductor...............Anton Seidl

[No programs have been located for this performance and the newspaper account below only mentions Kalisch, Greinauer, Traubmann and Seidl. The cast listed above performed Tannhauser three times on tour in the preceding weeks.]


Review (unsigned) in the Brooklyn Eagle:

End of the German Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Company selected "Tannhäuser" for the last of its series of performances in this city. Next to "Lohengrin" this is perhaps the most popular of Wagner's works, as least so far as widespread familiarity with parts of the music is concerned. The overture has often had a place on Philharmonic programs, and when last played by the Brooklyn Society was received, though no novelty, with overwhelming applause. The fine march and chorus are heard with much satisfaction by people who could not be induced to listen to a Nibelungen drama. The "Evening Star" is by no means unknown to "miscellaneous concert" bills. The opera invites selection for occasional uses, because it was written before Wagner said farewell to formal and rounded melody. "Tannhäuser" has always received careful and brilliant treatment from Mr. Seidl and his associates.

The performance last night was not perfect. There was a frequent inclination to depart from the keys, and the chorus was sometimes vague and ragged. The success of the hour was fairly won by Fraulein Traubmann, who made an attractive Elizabeth and sang well: by Herr Kalisch, a spirited Tannhäuser, and by Herr Grienauer an earnest and careful Wolfram. The orchestra played well, and the overture evoked a small tempest of approval. The "Paris Version" was on the bill, but not on the stage.



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