[Met Performance] CID:91630
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {159} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/19/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 19, 1925


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {159}

Hans Sachs..............Clarence Whitehill
Eva.....................Marcella Röseler
Walther von Stolzing....Curt Taucher
Magdalene...............Marion Telva
David...................George Meader
Beckmesser..............Arnold Gabor
Pogner..................Léon Rothier
Kothner.................Carl Schlegel
Vogelgesang.............Max Bloch
Nachtigall..............Frederick Vajda
Ortel...................Paolo Ananian
Zorn....................Angelo Badà
Moser...................Max Altglass
Eisslinger..............Giordano Paltrinieri
Foltz...................James Wolfe
Schwarz.................William Gustafson
Night Watchman..........Paolo Ananian

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

Review signed B. L. D. in Musical America

The Third 'Meistersinger'

"Die Meistersinger" was given its third performance of the season on the evening of Dec. 19. Arnold Gabor, substituting for the indisposed Gustav Schützendorf, sang Beckmesser for the first time in his career and did it on such short notice that he had no rehearsal. His characterization was excellent in itself, and so scrupulously modeled on the Schützendorf reading as to be indistinguishable by the uninitiated. One's compliments go to an artist so adaptable to an emergency.

The Eva of Marcella Röseler was that singer's first Metropolitan assay at the role, and was not noticeably successful either in vocal art or histrionism. She was at her best in the second act, but that best left one regretting the absence of Elisabeth Rethberg.
Clarence Whitehill's Hans' Sachs was thoroughly enjoyable, as usual, for its dignity, quiet humor and tenderness. Curt Taucher sang Walther's iterations of the prize song with lyric vigor. Marion Telva as Magdalena and George Meader as David were familiar figures. Leon Rothier sang Pogner for the first time this season. Paolo Ananian took Gabor's place as A Night Watchman. Others in the cast were Messrs. Schlegel, Bloch, Bada, Altglass, Paltrinieri, Vajda, Wolfe and Gustafson. Artur Bodanzky conducted in a manner to delight all Wagnerites.



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