[Met Performance] CID:5770
Lohengrin {38} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/4/1887.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 4, 1887


LOHENGRIN {38}

Lohengrin...............Anton Schott
Elsa....................Therese Herbert-Förster
Ortrud..................Marianne Brandt
Telramund...............Adolf Robinson
King Heinrich...........Georg Sieglitz
Herald..................Rudolph Von Milde
Noble...................Otto Kemlitz
Noble...................Julius Meyer
Noble...................Jean Doré
Noble...................Emil Sänger

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

Review in The New York Times:

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

Herr Schott was seen last evening in "Lohengrin" for the first time since his reappearance at the Metropolitan Opera House. His representation of the Knight of the Grail shows that the tenor's massive frame and robust methods have little affinity with poetic or legendary characters; Herr Schott's evident lack of spirituality and delicacy was handsomely offset, however, at most stages of action, by his possession of a voice, and whenever his production of tone was effected with caution and judgment the results of his vocal performance were eminently satisfactory. His happiest effort was undoubtedly the farewell to the swan n the first act, but the duet with Elsa in act third also went well, and Herr Schott threw into its melodious measures considerable sentiment and eloquence. The cast, in respect of the remaining personages, was identically the same as when "Lohengrin" was given a few weeks ago. It was raised to even more than its wonted dignity by Fräulein Brandt's admirable delineation of Ortrud, and Herr Robinson imparted to Telramund the attributes of somewhat theatrical intensity and effectiveness which he has lent to it in many earlier representations of the opera. Elsa was assigned to Frau Herbert-Foerster, in whose temperament and intelligence it is somewhat difficult to discover the possibilities that a casual observer would promptly detect in the lady's voice and comeliness. The German soprano's Elsa last night was the very reverse of ideal, a circumstance the more to be regretted from the fact that the lyric stage has already an elegant superfluity of prosaic Elsas. The chorus, we need but add, was in fairly good form and the band as efficient as ever.



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