[Met Performance] CID:6330
Lohengrin {41} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/30/1887.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 30, 1887


LOHENGRIN {41}

Lohengrin...............Albert Niemann
Elsa....................Auguste Seidl-Kraus
Ortrud..................Marianne Brandt
Telramund...............Adolf Robinson
King Heinrich...........Johannes Elmblad
Herald..................Otto Kemlitz
Noble...................George Egener
Noble...................Mr. Stein
Noble...................Jean Doré
Noble...................Emil Sänger

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

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

The coldness of last night did not prevent the gathering of a good-sized audience at the Metropolitan Opera House. "Lohengrin" always commands a fair share of attention from music lovers, though it is the growing opinion of many who are not devoted admirers of Wagner that "Tannhäuser" is a more melodious and generally pleasing work. The interest in "Lohengrin," however, centers in the heroine, and this element enables the work to command more sympathy among those who take a proper interest in the libretto. The performance last night was not quite so good as might have been desired, but it was by no means bad. Herr Fischer was ill, and his place as King Henry was taken by Herr Elmblad, who was not in good voice and was laboring under the disadvantage of assuming an unfamiliar rôle at short notice. Under the circumstances he acquitted himself creditably. Herr Niemann was in as good voice as he has been at any time this season, and Frau Seidl-Kraus labored through Elsa with her usual amount of difficulty. Herr Robinson and Fräulein Brandt, as Telramund and Ortrud, sang and acted with vigor. Herr Kemlitz was a wretched Herald. The chorus sang out of tune in the first act, but the orchestra was in good form. Owing to Herr Fischer's illness "Euryanthe" cannot be given at the matinée today. "Fidelio" will be sung and Herr Elmblad will be Herr Fischer's substitute as Rocco.



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