[Met Performance] CID:87010
Der Freischütz {8} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/31/1924.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 31, 1924


DER FREISCHÜTZ {8}

Max.....................Curt Taucher
Agathe..................Elisabeth Rethberg
Caspar..................Michael Bohnen
Ännchen.................Queena Mario
Ottokar.................Gustav Schützendorf
Hermit..................Léon Rothier
Kilian..................Arnold Gabor
Cuno....................Carl Schlegel
Samiel..................James Wolfe
Bridesmaid..............Louise Hunter
Bridesmaid..............Charlotte Ryan
Bridesmaid..............Nannette Guilford
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Review of Deems Taylor in the World

At a late hour last night several local radio enthusiasts were vastly puzzled by what they thought at first was a bad attack of static, but which later proved to be a message couched in a hitherto unknown code. It was finally deciphered by an amateur in Brooklyn who happened to be an accomplished spiritist as well. Decoded, it read: "Von Weber hearty congratulations upon your success stop Rossini joins me stop Giacomo Meyerbeer."

This outburst of felicitation doubtless has reference to the fact that Weber's "Die Freischütz" ran the gauntlet of the dreaded Monday night audience at the Metropolitan last night, and ran it, apparently, with unqualified success. The house was full, the hearers were attentive, and their applause was frequent and hearty.

But someone asks (we hope), does a Monday night audience differ from the others? It does. Monday night is a fashionable, a very fashionable, night and Monday night subscribers are very particular about the sort of opera they hear. The Monday nighters like "Thais" and "Anima Allegra" and "L'Africana," and they don't like Wagner or anybody like him, as a rule. There were Monday nighters, you will remember, who complained about "Die Meistersinger" because it was so heavy.

So when a Monday night audience listened with apparent pleasure to Mme. Rethberg and Queena Mario and Mr. Bohnen and Mr. Taucher and all the rest of the original cast, and became positively enthusiastic over the Wolf's Den scene (a little short of ghosts), why, naturally, there was great rejoicing. The Mount Olympus Musical and Pleasure Club promptly got up a testimonial dinner to Past President Weber, and on earth Giulio Gatti-Casazza was distinctly observed to smile twice. "De Freischütz" was a success.



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