[Met Performance] CID:91370
Lohengrin {344} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/30/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 30, 1925


LOHENGRIN {344}

Lohengrin...............Curt Taucher
Elsa....................Maria Jeritza
Ortrud..................Margarete Matzenauer
Telramund...............Clarence Whitehill
King Heinrich...........Paul Bender
Herald..................Lawrence Tibbett
Page....................Louise Hunter
Page....................Minnie Egener
Page....................Charlotte Ryan
Page....................Mary Bonetti

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

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

"Elsa of Brabant"

Wagner's early and somewhat Italian-ate opera might well have carried as its title the name of the heroine rather than that of the swan-ferried knight in its performance at the Metropolitan Monday evening, the second of the season, for it undoubtedly was Elsa's evening. The reason for this, of course, was that Maria Jeritza had returned to the part of the distressed princess of Brabant and quite outshone even the glittering armor of her Grail-sent champion, by the incandescence of her personality. Vocally, too, she was the most satisfying member of the cast, though this is not to deny that she attacked some high tones in a manner more strenuous than was readily associable with Elsa's dovelike nature.

Curt Taucher labored manfully as Lohengrin, but was more resplendent of costume than of singing tone. Clarence Whitehill acted with his usual distinction as Telramund but was also somewhat oppressed of voice. The always imposing Ortrud of Margarete Matzenauer had qualities that placed it close to Mme. Jeritza's Elsa in dramatic and vocal effectiveness. Paul Bender's King Henry was sufficiently regal of bearing, and there was a new Herald in Lawrence Tibbett, whose proclamations, if not as thunderous in volume as some that can be recalled, had a finely resonant tone. Artur Bodanzky conducted a performance that boasted undoubted merits, if not all that could be desired in vocal quality, and one that was applausively received.



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