[Met Performance] CID:86130
Der Rosenkavalier {36} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/28/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 28, 1924


DER ROSENKAVALIER {36}

Octavian.....................Maria Jeritza
Princess von Werdenberg......Florence Easton
Baron Ochs...................Paul Bender
Sophie.......................Queena Mario
Faninal......................Gustav Schützendorf
Annina.......................Kathleen Howard
Valzacchi....................Angelo Badà
Italian Singer...............Rafaelo Díaz
Marianne.....................Grace Anthony
Mahomet......................Virginia Gitchell
Princess' Major-domo.........Pietro Audisio
Orphan.......................Henriette Wakefield
Milliner.....................Phradie Wells
Animal Vendor................Raffaele Lipparini
Notary.......................William Gustafson
Leopold......................Giordano Paltrinieri
Faninal's Major-domo.........Raimondo Ditello
Innkeeper....................George Meader
Police Commissioner..........Carl Schlegel

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Herald

Jeritza's Octavian Again Enjoyed at the Metropolitan

Strauss's Lyric Opera Heard

In the timeless whirling of the lyric repertory Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" was brought back to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House last evening. The performance of the familiar drama of high life above stairs was apparently much enjoyed by an audience of considerable size. The work moves securely along the path of the fleeting season. Its gait is smooth and steady. It has no excesses of speed, no jolts, no mishaps. It doesn't stir the populace to undue excitement, nor does it aggravate the appetite for after dinner naps. It entertains without convulsing, though it cannot be pronounced, like Mr. Tree's "Hamlet," "funny without being vulgar," and it titillates the ear without taxing the intelligence.

The work owes much of its vitality to good performances. In Mmes. Jeritza and Easton the Metropolitan possesses a pair of interesting lovers who make much of the somewhat tender first act. Mme. Easton has improved her impersonation both vocally and pictorially since her first performance. A sincere artist, she is never content with the merely tolerable. Mme. Jeritza can hardly create illusion in masculine garb, but her young Octavian is a pretty fellow and sings better than he used to.

Mr. Bender continues to portray the blundering Baron Ochs with unction and with a certain excelling reticence which keeps the portrait well on the safe side of caricature. Mr. Schützendorf again had the thankless role of Von Faninal and Mr. Diaz was nominated in the program "a singer." Mr. Bada and Mme. Howard were capable as the adventurers.

Miss Queena Mario for the second time essayed the role of Sophie, for which Mr. Strauss wrote some of the most unvocal music ever hurried into the troubled life of a high soprano. Miss Mario was quite charming in the role and sang the difficult music with well placed tones decidedly agreeable to the ear and well sustained phrasing. Her appearance added to the attractiveness of the scene of the rose presentation in which she and Mme. Jeritza delivered the duet most commendably. Mr. Bodanzky conducted the performance with skill.



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