[Met Performance] CID:37580
Tannhäuser {140} The Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois: 04/7/1906.

(Review)


Chicago, Illinois
April 7, 1906


TANNHÄUSER {140}

Tannhäuser..............Alois Burgstaller
Elisabeth...............Marie Rappold
Wolfram.................Otto Goritz
Venus...................Olive Fremstad
Hermann.................Robert Blass
Walther.................Albert Reiss
Heinrich................Julius Bayer
Biterolf................Adolph Mühlmann
Reinmar.................Eugène Dufriche
Shepherd................Bella Alten
Page....................unknown
Dance...................Bianca Froehlich

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

[Note: The performance was briefly interrupted during Act I, Scene 2 when part of the set collapsed and several chorus members fell.]


Review / Account in Musical America:

Five Conried Chorus Singers are Injured: Tannhauser Stage Setting Collapses at Last Chicago performance

A panic was created among the singers of the Conried Opera Company, and much excitement was caused in the audience at the Auditorium Theatre last night, when part of a stage setting collapsed and five of the singers fell about twenty feet to the stage, one being injured painfully. The curtain was rung down hurriedly, and there was delay of ten minutes before the performance was continued. During the delay the audience crowded into the lobbies and hallways, discussing the accident.

Tannhauser was being presented. Scene Ii of the first act had been reached. the scene depicted a valley. In the background was a castle, from which a long flight of stairs led to the stage floor. Members of the chorus, singing and marching by twos, were coming down the stairs, when one of the platforms which supports a section of the stairs gave way and fell. Two young women of the chorus had just crossed that section.

Bolore Mentini, a chorus man, who was following close behind, had not heard the platform fall, the sound being drowned by the singing. He fell from the stairs and plunged to the stage. Two men following behind him tried to grasp him and prevent his falling, but were unsuccessful. They leaped across the break and marched down on the stage, but the next four men got bad falls. Bella Alten, who was singing, was interrupted by the groans of the injured men and ran from the stage. The curtain was rung down, and many, thinking the opera permanently put off, left the house.



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