[Met Performance] CID:94630
Die Zauberflöte {67} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/18/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 18, 1926


DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE {67}

Pamina..................Editha Fleischer
Tamino..................George Meader
Queen of the Night......Marion Talley
Sarastro................Pavel Ludikar
Papageno................Gustav Schützendorf
Papagena................Louise Hunter
Monostatos..............Max Bloch
Speaker.................George Cehanovsky
First Lady..............Editha Fleischer
Second Lady.............Henriette Wakefield
Third Lady..............Kathleen Howard
Genie...................Charlotte Ryan
Genie...................Grace Anthony
Genie...................Dorothea Flexer
Priest..................Arnold Gabor
Priest..................Ludwig Burgstaller
Guard...................Max Bloch
Guard...................William Gustafson

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

[Fleischer managed to sing both Pamina and the First Lady in this performance.]

Review (unsigned) in the New York Tribune

Editha Fleischer Shines as Protean In Two Opera Roles

German Soprano, Substituting in one Metropolitan Part, Requires Five Changes in 'Magic Flute'

Some quick changing of costumes was required last night from Editha Fleischer, German soprano, who sang the part of Pamina in last night's performance of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" ("The Magic Flute") at the Metropolitan Opera House. But Marcella Roessler, billed as the First Lady, developed a last-minute cold, and Mme. Fleischer consented to sing this role, which she had taken in this season's previous performances of the Mozart opera, as well. This doubling, as W. J. Guard remarked in an announcement before the curtain, required five changes of apparel.

Mme. Fleischer, who has sung Pamina in Brooklyn, but not in Manhattan before this, sang it very well, except for a little rippling in the tone. There was also a new Tamino, George Meader, whose previous part of Monostatos was transferred to Max Bloch. Mr. Meader sang his first aria with feeling and good quality of tone, though his voice seemed once or twice a little light for the part; in one number of what we heard of Act II, there seemed a certain hardness of tone.

Mr. Schützendorf repeated his lively Papageno, while Louise Hunter again proved happy in the part of Papagena. Mr. Ludikar as Sarastro, Mr. Cehanovsky the Speaker, and Mmes. Wakefield, Howard, Ryan, Anthony and Flexner, Messrs. Gabor, Burgstaller, and Gustafson… Mr. Bloch also represented an unnamed Voice. Marion Talley sang the Queen of the Night.



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