[Met Performance] CID:7010
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {15} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/11/1889.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 11, 1889


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {15}
Wagner-Wagner

Hans Sachs..............Emil Fischer
Eva.....................Katherine Senger-Bettaque
Walther von Stolzing....Max Alvary
Magdalene...............Hedwig Reil
David...................Wilhelm Sedlmayer
Beckmesser..............Ludwig Mödlinger
Pogner..................Joseph Beck
Kothner.................Alois Grienauer
Vogelgesang.............Albert Mittelhauser
Nachtigall..............Jean Doré
Ortel...................Max Dörfler
Zorn....................Martin Paché
Moser...................William Cook
Eisslinger..............Hans Göttich
Foltz...................Joseph Witt
Schwarz.................Mr. Eiserbeck
Night Watchman..........Jean Doré

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

Director................Theodore Habelmann
Set Designer............Henry E. Hoyt
Costume Designer........Henry Dazian
Lighting Designer.......James Jr. Stuart

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg received fourteen performances this season.

Unsigned review in The New York Times

"DIE MEISTERSINGER."

Wagner's ever-welcome opera, "Die Meistersinger," was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening for the first time this season. The house was well filled with a brilliant and enthusiastic audience. The performance was in most respects one of the best of the season. It was pitched in a high key at the start and maintained its initial tone throughout. It would be easy enough to find fault with some minor details, but the general spirit of the evening's work atoned for any small faults. The comedy of the delightful story was brought out with a great display of well-directed vivacity and a fine unanimity of purpose. Nothing could have excelled the by-play of the chorus people in the first act, though there were times when it might have been toned down a little without injury to the general effect.

The comparatively weak spot in the representation was Herr Mödlinger's Beckmesser; but that was far from being a bad performance. On the contrary, it was the best thing he has done here. His serenade scene was undeniably funny. He was at a disadvantage from being in company with Herr Fischer, whose Hans Sachs is one of the joys of "Die Meistersinger" at the Metropolitan. The basso was in better voice last evening than he has been for some time past, and he sang most of the time with his pristine vigor and beauty of style. As for his acting, it need only be said that he rarely acts anything badly, and Sachs is one of his best parts.

Interest was added to the production by the first appearance of Fräulein Senger-Bettaque in Eva, a rôle which she has sung on the sacred stage of Baireuth. She has, of course, been well drilled in the traditional reading of the part and her interpretation had, therefore, some of the weight of authority about it. We must confess, however, that her singing was open to criticism, for it was not always in tune nor was it always free from forcing. Herr Alvary was not in the best of voice, but he sang Walther tolerably and acted with judgment. Herr Grinauer as Kothner and Herr Beck as Pogner were satisfactory. Herr Sedlmayer's David was a passably good performance. The chorus as before noted, did its work well, and the orchestra was excellent. This afternoon "Das Rheingold" will be performed.



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