[Met Performance] CID:4280
Carmen {12} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 11/28/1885.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 28, 1885 Matinee
In German


CARMEN {12}

Carmen..................Lilli Lehmann
Don José................Max Alvary
Micaela.................Auguste Seidl-Kraus
Escamillo...............Adolf Robinson
Frasquita...............Anna Slach
Mercédès................Carrie Goldsticker
Remendado...............Carl Kaufmann
Dancaïre................Otto Kemlitz
Zuniga..................Philip Lehmler
Moralès.................Alexander Alexy

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

Set Designer............William Schaeffer
Set Designer............Gaspar Maeder
Set Designer............Mr. Thompson
Set Designer............Charles Fox, Jr.
Costume Designer........D. Ascoli
Costume Designer........Henry Dazian


Review in the New York Herald:

Carmen in German Again

At the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday "Carmen" was repeated at the first matinee of the season with the same cast as on last Wednesday evening. The audience, though large, was extremely unenthusiastic. This was evidently partly due to the fact that the ladies, who were naturally in great majority, were, as usual, afraid of splitting their gloves by clapping, and partly because, without doubt, many did not know that Fraulein Lehman, who made such a success on her debut, was again singing the title part. This last was due to the fact that the impersonator of Carmen was announced to be Fraulein Mahlen. The person who usually looks over the proofs of the programme evidently forgot to do so, for he allowed the work of some evidently anagrammatical compositor to stand uncorrected.

But though before the opera everybody was curious as to who Fraulein Mahlen was, the curiosity of probably the greater number was satisfied when Frualein Lehman came on the scene and gave again her dramatically and vocally brilliant personation of Merimee's heroine. Herr Alvary, the Don Jose, was liked for his good looks, acted with much fervor at times, and sang as on his first appearance--well at one moment and not well at the next. In the duet with Michaela he was again not happy at the finale. His solo in the second act was agreeably sung. The Escamillo, Herr Robinson, refused to give the torreador song over again. Mme. Krauss, the Michaela, sang her solo at the opening of the third act delightfully. One of the ballet girls fell and was carried off in a faint during the first appearance of the corps in the second act. The brilliant stage picture of the last act was much admired.



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