[Met Performance] CID:97500
Lohengrin {356} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/8/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 8, 1927


LOHENGRIN {356}

Lohengrin...............Walter Kirchhoff
Elsa....................Grete Stückgold
Ortrud..................Margarete Matzenauer
Telramund...............Gustav Schützendorf
King Heinrich...........Richard Mayr
Herald..................Everett Marshall
Page....................Unknown

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

Review of Leonard Liebling in the American

Stückgold Essays Elsa Movingly in Wagner Opera

"Lohengrin" was the opera at the Metropolitan last evening and lovers of Wagner's music heard it sung with unusual appeal and sincerity.

As pure vocalism the best was that of Grete Stückgold, whose tones needed no forcing to reach even the farthest listeners. With effortless utterance she sent forth much fine song, lyricised and dramatized in the full intention of the role of Elsa. The "Dream" was an especially moving piece of singing. The Stückgold acting had the appropriate blend of dignity and romance. Visually, this handsome, statuesque blonde lady presented a typically Wagnerian picture.

The Lohengrin was Walter Kirchhoff for the first time in New York, and he gave the Silver Knight a searchingly intelligent presentation without some of the pompousness and posing that often characterizes tenors in the part. Kirchhoff's vocal delivery, too, showed thought and correct style.

Those Wagnerian authorities, veterans of many "Lohengrin"s, Margaret Matzenauer and Gustave Schützendorf were the Ortrud and Telramund and plotted and projected their dark doings with convincing breadth and passion.

Richard Mayr did the kindly King Henry and gave him the right air of resonant benignity. As the Herald, Everett Marshall repeated the good impression he had created recently in the same role when he was discovered to be the possessor of a voice of agreeable quality, used with taste.

Artur Bodanzky waved a sapient and compelling baton over the performance.



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