[Met Performance] CID:6840
Guillaume Tell [William Tell] {6} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/12/1888.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 12, 1888
In German


GUILLAUME TELL [WILLIAM TELL] {6}

Guillaume Tell.............Joseph Beck
Mathilde................Alma Föhström
Arnold..................Julius Perotti
Walter..................Emil Fischer
Gesler..................Ludwig Mödlinger
Melcthal................Ludwig Mödlinger
Hedwige.................Hedwig Reil
Jemmy...................Félicie Kaschowska
Fisherman...............Max Alvary
Leuthold................Alois Grienauer
Rodolphe................Albert Mittelhauser
Dance...................Etienne Vergé
Dance...................Miss Louie
Dance...................Josefine Ambroggio

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

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

Rossini's masterpiece, "William Tell," was repeated at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening. There was a large audience present and the applause was abundant. The performance was smooth, but did not differ in its general effort from the first one. Herr Beck was substituted for Herr Robinson as Tell, and Herr Mödlinger was the Melcthal. Herr Beck vocally was an improvement on his predecessor. His voice was in good condition and he used it with judgment and good effect. But histrionically his interpretation was far from being ideal. He did little to suggest the intense feelings of the patriot; on the contrary, he frequently conveyed the impression of a man well contented with his surroundings and not at all disposed to indulge in revolutionary exertions. However, if William Tell was satisfied, no one else ought to complain. Herr Perotti repeated his impersonation of Arnold, including the C sharp, and the painful absence of anything like moderation of voice. Fräulein Föhström was in good voice and sang her music tastefully. Fräulein Kaschowska sang neatly, but her acting was just as uncertain and timid as before. Herr Fischer appeared again as Walter. The chorus and orchestra did their work well, but Herr Seidl displayed the same tendency to hasten the tempi as at the first performance.



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