[Met Performance] CID:90140
Samson et Dalila {55} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/10/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 10, 1925


SAMSON ET DALILA {55}

Samson..................Giovanni Martinelli
Dalila..................Karin Branzell
High Priest.............Giuseppe De Luca
Abimélech...............Paolo Ananian
Old Hebrew..............José Mardones
Philistine..............Max Altglass
Philistine..............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Messenger...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Dance...................Lilyan Ogden

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Review and account (unsigned) in the Telegraph

MET STAR HURT IN STAGE FALL

Karin Branzell Plunges 25 Feet From Stairway, but Sings Despite Injuries

Karin Branzell, Swedish contralto of the Metropolitan Opera Company, has been added to the list of those persons jinxed by the hoodoo of the "Met." Mme. Branzell, singing one of the title roles in "Samson and Delilah," fell twenty-five feet to the stage during the second act last night.

The jinx, which has ridden roughshod though the company of Gatti-Casazza this season, once again failed to stop the show when Mme. Branzell, mustering her strength in a final effort to carry on, refused the offers of assistance made as soon as the accident was noticed backstage.

Singer Completes Role

A gasp arose from the audience when she sprang to her feet again and continued her way upward. She emerged soon after to continue her scene according to the plot, and except for an added nervousness to her voice, which somewhat marred the "Mon Couer S'ouvre a ta Voix" aria appeared to have suffered no serious effects from the fall. The incident recalls the occasion three season ago when Marguerite d'Alvarez took a similar stairway plunge in the same opera in Chicago, with the Chicago Opera Company.

Others who have suffered accidents of more or less serious nature on the Metropolitan stage this season include Curt Taucher, who fell 25 feet into an open steam trap during a performance of "Siegfried," and lived to tell about it; Nanny Larsen-Todsen, who had a foot crusted by a stage horse in rehearsal of "Götterdämmerung." And Maria Jeritza, who was hurled to the footlights and badly bruised during an exciting part with the tenor Gigli in a performance of "Fedora."



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