[Met Performance] CID:7370
Das Rheingold {8}
Ring Cycle [2]
Metropolitan Opera House: 03/15/1889.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 15, 1889


DAS RHEINGOLD {8}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [2]

Wotan...................Emil Fischer
Fricka..................Fanny Moran-Olden
Alberich................Joseph Beck
Loge....................Max Alvary
Erda....................Hedwig Reil
Fasolt..................Ludwig Mödlinger
Fafner..................Eugene Weiss
Freia...................Ida Klein
Froh....................Albert Mittelhauser
Donner..................Alois Grienauer
Mime....................Wilhelm Sedlmayer
Woglinde................Sophie Traubmann
Wellgunde...............Félicie Kaschowska
Flosshilde..............Hedwig Reil

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


Unsigned review in the New York Times.:

When the gauze drops had been lowered in front of the depths of the Rhine at the end of the first scene of "Das Rheingold," at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening, a crash on the stage was heard by the audience, followed by the cries of a man in severe pain. Herr Seidl permitted the orchestra to play the music that connects the first and second scenes a trifle more loudly than usual, and most of those in the house probably thought that the cries were uttered by stage hands at their work.

This was not the case, however. Herr Josef Beck, who has the part of Alberich, the Nibelung, has to climb to the top of a high rock near the end of the first scene to snatch the Rhine gold. In descending in the darkness after the drops were down and the lights lowered he fell a distance of four or five feet, and in falling knocked over a heavy piece of "set" rock, which fell on him. His right arm was very badly sprained and was thought to be broken.

He was carried to his dressing room and a physician was summoned. On examination the arm proved to be not broken, and the injuries sustained, though painful, were not disabling. Herr Beck very pluckily finished his evening's work with his arm concealed in a sling under his costume.



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