[Met Performance] CID:5500
Faust {25} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/17/1886.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 17, 1886
In German


FAUST {25}

Faust...................Max Alvary
Marguerite..............Lilli Lehmann
Méphistophélès..........Emil Fischer
Valentin................Adolf Robinson
Siebel..................Sylvia Franconi
Marthe..................Wilhelmine Mayer
Wagner..................Max Heinrich

Conductor...............Walter Damrosch

Review in The New York Times:

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

"Faust" was performed once more at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening. The representation was carried on by the same artists that took part in it last week, and it progressed, smoothly and uneventfully, to the familiar and touching climax. The most impressive incident in the opera last night was unquestionably Valentine's death scene, in which Herr Robinson's singing and acting were alike remarkable. Fräulein Lehmann's outburst of grief over her brother's body added largely to the pathos of the picture, and both she and the baritone were subsequently called before the curtain. The final measures of the garden scene were followed by a similar demonstration of approval on the part of the audience; there is no denying, however, that the effect of much of Herr Alvary's music and that of all of Fräulein Lehmann's would be materially heightened by a stricter observance of the Italian tempos. Mr. Damrosch is quite alive to this, but his views on the subject, which are simply those of the composer, do not appear to coincide with the opinions or habits of the soprano and tenor. With Fräulein Lehmann's brilliant voice and admirable execution, with Herr Alvary's earnest and picturesque delineation of Faust, with Herr Robinson's capital portrayal of Valentine, and with the fine orchestra and chorus and the matchless scenic attire bestowed upon "Faust" at the Metropolitan, it is matter for regret that a fraction even of the possible eloquence of the representation should be kept from it through the prejudice or ignorance of any of the performers concerned.



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