[Met Performance] CID:92120
Tristan und Isolde {168} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/25/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 25, 1926


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {168}

Tristan.................Curt Taucher
Isolde..................Nanny Larsén-Todsen
Kurwenal................Clarence Whitehill
Brangäne................Karin Branzell
King Marke..............Michael Bohnen
Melot...................Arnold Gabor
Sailor's Voice..........Max Bloch
Shepherd................George Meader
Steersman...............James Wolfe

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

Review signed B. B. in Musical America

'Tristan und Isolde' Again

Artur Bodanzky's authoritative and zealous reading of the score was the most impressive part of the second performance this season of "Tristan und Isolde" on Jan. 25. He kept the music constantly aglow with passionate fire and inspired the orchestra with an emotional fervency that reached, at times, great eloquence. His inspirational energy compensated for the fact that the cast as a whole did not meet completely the exacting demands of the music drama.

Nanny Larsen-Todsen as Isolde disappointed one during the first act, with passages of singing more physically vigorous than tonally impassioned. But she had the feeling for the rôle, and there was cumulative power in her impersonation. Her tone gained in beauty as the action progressed, and her utterance of the "Liebestod" was eminently satisfactory. The first act was a weak one, too, for Curt Taucher, who subsequently warmed to his work with a considerable improvement in lyricism, although his Tristan has little to distinguish it in characterization from his Tannhäuser.

Michael Bohnen was a competent King Mark, despite the evidences of recent illness in his voice. He played the role with care for its dramatic values and for its essential place in the scheme. He did not, as he has been known to do in previous performances, walk off the stage during the "Liebestod."

Karin Branzell sang Brangäne with a richness of tone that waned only in the high notes and with an unvarying intensity of darksome mood; her song of warning had an eerie loveliness. Clarence Whitehill was an admirable Kurneval, though not at his best vocally. Arnold Gabor as Melot, Max BIoch as A Sailor, James Wolfe as The. Steersman and George Meader as A Shepherd completed the cast.



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