[Met Performance] CID:96050
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {167} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/30/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 30, 1927 Matinee


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {167}

Hans Sachs..............Michael Bohnen
Eva.....................Maria Müller
Walther von Stolzing....Walter Kirchhoff
Magdalene...............Kathleen Howard
David...................George Meader
Beckmesser..............Gustav Schützendorf
Pogner..................Léon Rothier
Kothner.................George Cehanovsky
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 (unsigned) in the New York Tribune

'Die Meistersinger' at The Metropolitan Again

Kirchhoff Appears as Walther in Wagner's Comedy' Bohnen a Robust Sachs

"Die Meistersinger" was repeated at the opera yesterday as the last performance in the Metropolitan's Matinee Wagner Cycle. The novel feature of the performance was the Walther von Stoltzing of Walther Kirchhoff, the Metropolitan's new Wagner tenor. Mr. Kirchhoff had already disclosed to us his Loge, Siegumnd, young Siegfried and elder Siegfried.

Mr. Kirchhoff is always vivid in his presentation of a character, and his Walther, like his previous impersonations, is sharply and warmly imagined. Like those other assumptions, however, it suffers from excess. Mr. Kirchhoff is often extravagant in action. His singing yesterday scarcely compensated for his exaggerated histrionism. He was inclined to distort rhythms, to sentimentalize tempi, so that Mr. Bodanzky at times had difficulty in conforming to his caprices. But Mr. Kirchhoff was at least a distinguished figure for the eye, though it might perhaps be objected that this knightly lover suggests a romance less springlike than autumnal.

Michael Bohnen exhibited for the first time this season his uncommonly robust and dominating Sachs - an imposing characterization, though a shade too militant for the ideal Sachs. Maria Müller snag Eva, Kathleen Howard was the Magdalene, Gustav Schützendorf, the Beckmesser, Rothier, the Pogner and Meader, the David. Mr. Bodanzky conducted.

The usual packed house was liberal with applause.



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