[Met Performance] CID:82510
Der Rosenkavalier {31} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/23/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 23, 1922 Matinee


DER ROSENKAVALIER {31}

Octavian.....................Maria Jeritza
Princess von Werdenberg......Florence Easton
Baron Ochs...................Paul Bender
Sophie.......................Elisabeth Rethberg
Faninal......................Gustav Schützendorf
Annina.......................Kathleen Howard
Valzacchi....................Angelo Badà
Italian Singer...............Orville Harrold
Marianne.....................Grace Anthony
Mahomet......................Virginia Gitchell
Princess' Major-domo.........Pietro Audisio
Orphan.......................Laura Robertson
Orphan.......................Grace Bradley
Orphan.......................Henriette Wakefield
Milliner.....................Muriel Tindal
Animal Vendor................Raffaele Lipparini
Notary.......................William Gustafson
Leopold......................Giordano Paltrinieri
Faninal's Major-domo.........Augusto Monti
Innkeeper....................George Meader
Police Commissioner..........Carl Schlegel

Conductor....................Artur Bodanzky

Review of Max Smith in the American

NEW ARTIST SINGS ROLE OF SOPHIE PLEASINGLY

Elizabeth Rethberg, Gatti-Casazza'a Latest Prima Donna, Gives Trying Part in "Der Rosenkavalier" Pleasingly

Elisabeth Rethberg's first appearance here in the role of Sophie added an element of great strength yesterday afternoon in the Metropolitan to the cast of "Der Rosenkavalier," which opera had its second hearing of the season, with Maria Jeritza once more as Octavian, Florence Easton as the Princess, Paul Bender as Baron Ochs, Schützendorf as Von Faninal and Artur Bodanzky, at the baton.

From a vocal point of view, at any rate, the extremely trying part of Faninal's daughter has never been given in a manner so thoroughly satisfying as by Giulio Gatti-Casazza's latest and youngest prima donna. And while her presence lent Sophie a somewhat too matronly appearance for sweet sixteen, Mme. Rethberg enacted the character with becoming simplicity and modesty.

The phenomenal scope of the soprano's voice, so fresh and limpid in the upper register, so mellow and vibrant in the lower, not only lent special eloquence, specifically considered, to the expansive music Richard Strauss has allotted to Sophie - music now of extremely high tessitura yet here and there falling almost into the range of the mezzo - but counted for even more in the vocal ensembles, in the duets with the Rose-bearer, and in the great final terzet.

For once, the wonderfully interlacing polyphony of that extraordinary piece for three women - surely one of the most beautiful achievements Richard Strauss has given to the world - stood forth clearly and plastically. And the finely modulated legato of Elizabeth Rethberg, sustained in warmly expressive cantilena, merged in inspiriting euphony with the voices of Maria Jeritza and Florence Easton over the uplifting orchestral accompaniment as vitalized by Artur Bodanzky.

More need not be said at this time save to remark that Mme. Jeritza's Octavian was even more fascinating than before, that Paul Bender again gave an admirable portrayal of Ochs and that Florence Easton confirmed the excellent impression she had previously made as the Feldmarschallin



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