[Met Performance] CID:94230
Lohengrin {347} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/19/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 19, 1926


LOHENGRIN {347}
Wagner-Wagner

Lohengrin...............Rudolf Laubenthal
Elsa....................Maria Jeritza
Ortrud..................Margarete Matzenauer
Telramund...............Clarence Whitehill
King Heinrich...........Paul Bender
Herald..................Lawrence Tibbett
Page....................Grace Anthony
Page....................Louise Lerch
Page....................Dorothea Flexer
Page....................Mary Bonetti

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

Director................Samuel Thewman
Designer................Joseph Urban

Lohengrin received eight performances this season.

Review of Edward Cushing in the Brooklyn Eagle

When, at about 11 o'clock last evening, Mr. Laubenthal, apparently gotten up in stainless steel and a blond wig, announced himself at the top of his voice as Lohengrin, son of Parsifal, to a corroborative A-flat fortissimo from the orchestra, we among others, were not convinced Mr. Laubenthal as the Gott gemandt of King Henry's description, is singularly unimpressive, admirable though his figure may be to a certain point. Many listening to his declaring of lineage, must have thought him rather too obviously a German tenor - a defect of character which he manages occasionally to conceal with no little art. However, to be adequately Lohengrin is perhaps a great deal to require from any man passing to shed a tear over Mr. Laubenthals's unhappy approximation of the character. Let us turn to better things.

These last evening were abundantly to be discovered. Maria Jeritza's Elsa lacked salient vocal loveliness, though it dominated the stage with its charming repose and youthful dignity of manner - a timid, almost taciturn, but, alas, too curious princess. We know of few things more beneficial to the eye than this Elsa of hers in the prodigal virtue of its white robes and shining veil. Mme. Matzenauer's Ortrud was to sight and hearing familiar: bold, artless, and unsteadily sung. As Telramund, Mr. Whitehill died in advance of his voice, which last evening obeyed its baser instincts and evaded lawful union with the pitch. Apart from Mme. Jeritza, the best performances were given by Mr. Bender as King Henry and Lawrence Tibbett as the Herald. Mr. Bodanzky conducted.



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