[Met Performance] CID:6150
Fidelio {15} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/28/1887.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 28, 1887


FIDELIO {15}

Leonore.................Lilli Lehmann
Florestan...............Albert Niemann
Don Pizarro.............Adolf Robinson
Rocco...................Emil Fischer
Marzelline..............Minnie Dilthey
Jaquino.................Otto Kemlitz
Don Fernando............Rudolph Von Milde
First Prisoner..........Hans Göttich
Second Prisoner.........Emil Sänger

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

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

The Metropolitan Opera House held a large and interested audience last night, when Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" was performed for the second time this season. The director of the Opera House, having found that variety is the spice of existence, has deemed it necessary to relieve the monotony of continuous Wagnerian representations by the production of other works. Beethoven's one opera cannot be considered a relief in the sense of being lighter, for it is a far heavier work than "Siegfried," which is full of the joyousness of youth and woodland life and has a distinct comedy element. "Fidelio" on the other hand is full of gloom and grief. It is none the less a noble work, but to state this is to say something that has been repeated even unto weariness of the flesh. Comment on a performance so familiar as the representation of this opera at the Metropolitan Opera House is wholly unnecessary. It must be noted, however, that Lilli Lehmann was in excellent voice last evening and that she acted and sang with rare power and pathos. Her rendering of the fine aria known as "Abscheulicher." was superb. Herr Niemann was again the Florestan, and was grand, gloomy, and peculiar in his own delightful manner. Herr Fischer's Rocco was, as usual, a manly and well-conceived performance. He sang delightfully. Fräulein Dithery sang prettily, but has not enough voice for the house. The chorus was in bad form and sang frequently out of tune.



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