[Met Performance] CID:98250
The Bartered Bride {34} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/1/1928.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 1, 1928
In German


THE BARTERED BRIDE {34}
Smetana-Sabina

Marenka.................Maria Müller
Jeník...................Rudolf Laubenthal
Vasek...................George Meader
Kecal...................Michael Bohnen
Ludmila.................Ina Bourskaya
Krusina.................George Cehanovsky
Háta....................Henriette Wakefield
Tobias..................James Wolfe
Circus Barker...........Max Bloch
Esmeralda...............Ellen Dalossy
Red Indian..............Arnold Gabor
Dance...................Ruth Page
Dance...................Muriel Halliday
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Director................Wilhelm von Wymetal
Set designer............Joseph Novak
Choreographer...........August Berger
Choreographer...........Ottokar Bartik

Translation by Kalbeck

The Bartered Bride received two performances this season.

[The opera was billed as Die Verkaufte Braut (The Bartered Bride).]

Review signed M. W. in the New York Tribune

'Bartered Bride' Revived at Metropolitan Opera

Bodanzky Gives Spirited Direction of Smetena's Opera; Miss Dalossy Scores

A late, but joyful re-entry into the season's repertoire of the Metropolitan Opera was accomplished last evening by Smetena's "The Bartered Bride" and, although the audience was not of record size, it was exceedingly content.

Since the auspicious revival of this excellent peasant opera in 1925-26 it has remained one of the freshest and most sparkling antidotes to the long and arid reaches of outward lyric drama which a season must inevitably include. Mr. Bodanzky seems to love the piece and he lent it last evening, as upon other occasions, the benefits of an eager and spirited baton.

The cast was, in two instances, changed from former years. Little Miss Hunter being employed farther up Broadway, her part of the sprightly Esmeralda was performed by Ellen Dalossy. Miss Dalossy obviously has lofty choreographic ambitions, but none to steady a head. The convolutions and reverses incidental to the part were more remarkable for their courage than their grace. She was nevertheless the hit of the scene. Ina Bourskaya, substituting for the indisposed Miss Telva, assumed the role of the mother Kathinka in a neatly adept characterization.

Of the others, Marie Müller in the title role was charming and petulant and sweet-voiced. Mr. Laubenthal as the lover was, as before, a most complete and dapper portrait of the gay young peasant blood. The impersonations which walked away with the show however, were those of Kezal by Mr. Bohnen, and the stuttering simpleton, Wenzel, by Mr. Meader. Mr. Bohnen has overlaid his portrait with an elaboration of comic detail imitably diverting and valuable, with no possible facet of humor ignored and a certain rich and unoffending flavor of the soil. Mr. Meader's portrayal ranges in histrionic value, if not in kind, with his Mime and his David.

Incidental dances by the ballet featured the first appearance of Miss Ruth Page this year as solo dancer of the company.



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