[Met Performance] CID:94600
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {165} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/16/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 16, 1926


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {165}

Hans Sachs..............Clarence Whitehill
Eva.....................Florence Easton
Walther von Stolzing....Curt Taucher
Magdalene...............Kathleen Howard
David...................George Meader
Beckmesser..............Gustav Schützendorf
Pogner..................Paul Bender
Kothner.................Lawrence Tibbett
Vogelgesang.............Max Bloch
Nachtigall..............Louis D'Angelo
Ortel...................Paolo Ananian
Zorn....................Angelo Badà
Moser...................Max Altglass
Eisslinger..............Giordano Paltrinieri
Foltz...................James Wolfe
Schwarz.................William Gustafson
Night Watchman..........Arnold Gabor

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

Review signed M. W. in the New York Herald Tribune

'Die Meistersinger' Aided by Audience At the Metropolitan

Thoughtful Attitude Displayed by Listeners Inspires Artists to Demonstrate Their Best Work

Last evening's performance of "Die Meistersinger" at the Metropolitan excelled for several reasons, chief among them that a certain important member of the cast not noted on the program was in particularly good form - The Audience. Every offering on the stage is more dependent on this member than is generally recognized by that thoughtless majority which comes late, leaves early and gives the minimum of attention to the efforts of the artists to make music over an obligate of light conversation.

The impossible hour of seven-thirty found many who really wished to hear the opera already in their seats in an attitude of devotion. Latecomers caught the mood. Before the act was done everybody knew is was a Good Audience. It laughed often and in the right places; it applauded when it should and remained in respectful silence at certain moments otherwise easy to ruin.

The singers reacted at once and amiably tossed the compliment back over the footlights with their cards at …Mr. Tibbett promptly toned down his badly devised Kothner of a previous appearance. Miss Easton hid all traces of what a recent cold might have done to her vocal chords and sang her prettiest Eva of the year. Mr. Whitehill as Sachs gilded an old laurel leaf by a superb and mellow-voiced performance. Mr. Taucher's Walther stoned by earnestness and dignity for certain disqualifications which seem irradicable. Meader, as David, was extraordinarily alert and pleasing. Beckmesser-Schützendorf played the crochets and quavers of this gentleman's acid humor with new inspiration and Kathleen Howard, singing Magdalena for the first time this season, contributed a most satisfying delineation. The chorus, the stage band, the other members of the long cast, all stood on their tiptoes to show that they, too, could grow. Mr. Bodanzky, in the orchestra pit, was so astonished that he lost eight minutes from the tempo of the first act and then joined the procession and contributed the lion's share of the evening's superlatives.



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