[Met Performance] CID:54636
Tristan und Isolde {119} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/28/1913.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 28, 1913


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {119}

Tristan.................Jacques Urlus
Isolde..................Olive Fremstad
Kurwenal................Otto Goritz
Brangäne................Margarete Matzenauer
King Marke..............Carl Braun
Melot...................William Hinshaw
Sailor's Voice..........Lambert Murphy
Shepherd................Lambert Murphy
Steersman...............Julius Bayer

Conductor...............Arturo Toscanini

Review of Charles Henry Meltzer in The American

It was in the roles of Tristan, truest of the true, that Jacques Urlus, the new German tenor, appeared for the first time here. [2/8/13] His breakdown, due to nervousness or grippe, prevented us from forming an idea of his ability to interpret Wagner's hero.
Last night, when Mr. Urlus reappeared as Tristan at the Metropolitan he made it plain to every eye and to every ear that he was one of the best artists in the Wagnerian field. He suggested the externals of the Knight and expressed his character. He sang with taste and power and great discretion. Aided and uplifted, it may be, by the great art and charm of the Isolde, Olive Fremstad, he informed the music of the second act with ecstasy. In short, he made us understand his part.

Mme. Fremstad was, as ever, a delight in the character of Isolde. She translated her own rhapsody and pathos to her audience in moving tones, grand, beautiful gestures and noble poses. There may be more poetic Isoldes somewhere on the operatic boards, but if there are we have not heard of seen them.

In Carl Braun, the new basso, the Metropolitan now boasts a fine King Marke, with both the vocal power and the physical qualities of the part. The Kurvenal last night was Otto Goritz, an earnest and worthy artist. Margarethe Matzenauer was an admirable Brangaene, whose singing, enunciation and interpretation of the role has real significance. William Hinshaw as Melot, with Lambert Murphy as the Shepherd and Julius Bayer as the Helmsman, completed a great cast.

Maestro Toscanini gave a magnificently eloquent reading of Wagner's masterwork.



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