[Met Performance] CID:83550
Lohengrin {325} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/8/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 8, 1923


LOHENGRIN {325}
Wagner-Wagner

Lohengrin...............Orville Harrold
Elsa....................Barbara Kemp
Ortrud..................Julia Claussen
Telramund...............Clarence Whitehill
King Heinrich...........Michael Bohnen
Herald..................Gustav Schützendorf
Page....................Charlotte Ryan
Page....................Laura Robertson
Page....................Myrtle Schaaf
Page....................Grace Bradley

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

Director................Samuel Thewman
Designer................Joseph Urban

Lohengrin received four performances this season.

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"Lohengrin," revived last year for Miss Jeritza, came back into the repertoire last night without her. The Elsa was Barbara Kemp, and there were other details slightly approaching novelty in the casting in the appearance of Orville Harrold, Michael Bohnen and Julia Claussen. Miss Kemp's Elsa could hardly be said to be epochal. True, she was beautiful enough to encourage any Knight to be her champion, and she sang the role trenchantly, with her traditional carrying power and zeal. But she was too dynamic, she lacked the original coolness and innocence of a true Elsa. In the first act, after the tournament, her headlong flinging of herself into Lohengrin's arms had certainly a lack of parthenic inhibition. Elsa must have taken up Freud.

Mr. Harrold was a Lohengrin for the ear but not for the eye, singing with almost Italianate warmth and lyric fervor, while Mr. Bohnen was a King Henry to rank with the best ever heard at this house. He sang magnificently, and acted every minute he was on the stage, singing or not. Miss Claussen's Ortrud has been heard here before, and this occasion showed no revision of her interpretation, either upward or downward.

Many bays and laurels ought to go to Mr. Bodanzky for sending his men though the score generally at a jubilant, virile pace, far removed from the dour and sodden reading too often given Wagnerian drama in the last few seasons. Apparently the influence of the Wagnerian visitors across town with their spirited readings of their material is beginning to be felt.



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