[Met Performance] CID:84040
Tristan und Isolde {161} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/12/1923.

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Metropolitan Opera House
April 12, 1923


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {161}

Tristan.................Curt Taucher
Isolde..................Barbara Kemp
Kurwenal................Clarence Whitehill
Brangäne................Sigrid Onegin
King Marke..............Michael Bohnen
Melot...................Carl Schlegel
Sailor's Voice..........Angelo Badà
Shepherd................George Meader
Steersman...............Louis D'Angelo

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

Review of Mary Ellis Opdyke in the New York Sun

MISTRESS AND MAID

Barbara Kemp and Sigrid Onegin, having each one Isolde and one Brangäne to her credit this season, last night joined forces for the first time as mistress and maid. Forces there undeniably were. Kemp's Isolde is somewhat after the old school that makes Wagner sound hard to sing, that emphasizes the music drama rather than the dramatic music. She is tense, subtle, cerebrated somewhat above her audience. Thus an admirable foil for Onegin's Brangäne, a good hearted bourgeoisie, living up to the buxom music assigned her in the first act and the clinging lyric beauty of the second. In spite of the turbulence of the action there thus survived complete artistic harmony within the text of Tristan's ship. Facially, vocally, histrionically the artists gave convincing presentation of the two women, Isolde softening to the broken tenderness of the second act and rising to heroic mold again in the third.

Of the men Bohnen stood out as before in the regal dignity and mellow voice of the for once unprosaic Marke. Taucher failed to dominate Mr. Bodanzky's orchestra in the duet, or Isolde in the spirit. His delirium was well realized, but hardly contagious. Whitehill's Kurvenal takes on more and more a pleasant suggestion of bombast to salten the first act and Meader's emphatic little shepherd continues to flourish his vicarious pipe, in spite of falling shrubbery.



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