[Met Performance] CID:5630
Fidelio {11} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/14/1887.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 14, 1887


FIDELIO {11}
Beethoven-Sonnleithner/Breuning/Treitschke

Leonore.................Marianne Brandt
Florestan...............Albert Niemann
Don Pizarro.............Adolf Robinson
Rocco...................Emil Fischer
Marzelline..............Auguste Seidl-Kraus
Jaquino.................Otto Kemlitz
Don Fernando............Rudolph Von Milde
First Prisoner..........Julius Meyer
Second Prisoner.........Emil Sänger

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

Director................Mr. Van Hell
Set Designer............Charles Fox, Jr.
Set Designer............William Schaeffer

Fidelio received three performances this season.


Review of Henry Krehbiel in the New York Tribune:

Only one contretemps marred the enjoyment of the evening. The climactic scene in the opera is that of the attempted murder in the second act. It was given with wonderful pathos and power last night, but at its height, just as Fräulein Brandt and Herr Niemann were about to break out into the jubilant duet, "O, Namenlose Freude," a woman's loud laugh from one of the boxes broke the hush that had come over the audience. The heartless discord so disconcerted Fräulein Brandt that she missed her cue and after struggling through a dozen bars of the duet, with singers and musicians at sixes and sevens, Herr Seidl stopped the orchestra and started the number over again. There was a great deal of feeling over the incident manifested in the audience. After the curtain fell, the singers were called to the footlights seven or eight times, the applause growing in intensity with each recall. During the short pauses between the recalls hisses were directed toward the box



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