[Met Performance] CID:45650
Lohengrin {245} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/18/1909.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 18, 1909


LOHENGRIN {245}

Lohengrin...............Carl Jörn
Elsa....................Olive Fremstad
Ortrud..................Florence Wickham
Telramund...............Otto Goritz
King Heinrich...........Allen Hinckley
Herald..................Herbert Witherspoon
Gottfried...............unknown
Noble...................Wilhelm Otto
Noble...................Glenn Hall
Noble...................Anton Ludwig
Noble...................Marcel Reiner
Page....................Anna Case
Page....................Elizabeth Clark
Page....................Lillia Snelling
Page....................Lenora Sparkes

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

Olive Fremstad Sings Elsa for the First Time in New York

The chief of the opera joys of yesterday was found in the performance of "Lohengrin" at the Metropolitan Opera House in the evening. To be sure there is nothing novel in the opera nor, at this time, in the general manner of its performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. But last night an element of novelty was brought into the representation by the first appearance here of Olive Fremstad as Elsa, a role which she had already sung in Philadelphia. It was an interesting impersonation worthy of more elaborate comment than it can receive at this time.

To summarize, it may be said that Mme. Fremstad sang the music with a skill that commanded not only admiration, but even astonishment. Her management of the high tones, which in her ambitious effort to become a soprano, have given her natural concern, was clever in the extreme. But what is more important, she sang with musical beauty, with intelligence and with poetry. Her impersonation was lovely and just in conception and beautifully conveyed in pose, gesture, action, and facial expression.

All the other members of the cast have been already heard this season except Florence Wickham, who was a very sinister Ortrud. Mr. Witherspoon returned to the role of the Herald, which he sang much better than at his previous appearance. The singing of the chorus and the playing of the orchestra were good and Alfred Hertz conducted well.



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