[Met Performance] CID:9180
Asrael {3} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/1/1890.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 1, 1890
In German


ASRAEL {3}

Asrael..................Andreas Dippel
Nefta...................Marie Jahn
Loretta.................Marie Ritter-Götze
Lidora..................Charlotte Huhn
King....................Conrad Behrens
Lucifer.................Bruno Lurgenstein
Peasant.................Peter Mastorff
Dance...................Miss Leontine
Dance...................Miss Francioli
Dance...................Fanny Lengyelffy
Dance...................Miss Polednik

Conductor...............Anton Seidl

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

Franchetti's "Asrael" was repeated at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening before a large audience. The performance moved with great smoothness, and was more effective in many points than that of the [first] night. The three new singers who appear in this opera will, in all probability, prove to be valuable acquisitions to our list of German acquaintances. Of the three the one who promises to fill the greatest gap is Frau Ritter-Götze. She is an artist who possesses a rich, full mezzo-soprano voice with a good deal of contralto color in it (she will pass for a contralto) and whose method is excellent. She has a strong dramatic temperament and acts and sings with great fervor. Her appearance in the guise of the Gypsy Queen Loretta is prepossessing, and her action is graceful.

Herr Andreas Dippel, the tenor who sings the title rôle, has a fresh and melodious voice of sufficient power and range. His lower and middle registers have the light baritone color which prevails among German tenor voices, but his upper register is fine enough to please lovers of high notes, and he can produce and sustain a ringing B natural. He sings tastefully, but he has not yet displayed any large dramatic power. Fräulein Marie Jahn, the Nefta, has a very agreeable soprano voice. It is light, but not thin, fresh and unworn, sufficient in compass, and delightfully smooth. She as well as the other two artists, sings faithfully in tune nearly all the time, and with taste. She will doubtless grow into public favor. If the two ladies who are to appear here for the first time tomorrow evening in "Les Huguenots" prove to be as acceptable as the new artists already made known to the public, there need be no hesitation in saying that Director Stanton has got together this year the best "all-around" company the Opera House has possessed for several seasons.



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