Hermann Klein in New York Metropolitan Opera House - 1896

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, pages 420-1:

It was the first time I ever saw the Metropolitan Opera House, and I was much struck with its handsome proportions. Then again, under Anton Seidl 's magic wand, the performance touched at all points a very high level of excellence. Finally, I derived immense pleasure from the novel sensation of hearing Jean and Edouard de Reszke as exponents of Wagner's own text. Their conscientious enunciation of each syllable, their accurate diction, and their admirable accent seemed to impart an added dignity alike to the music and to their impersonations. Even the more cultivated listener might easily have imagined them to be native German singers. Mme. Nordica, too, handled the German words with remarkable facility and confidence. Altogether, it was a most meritorious achievement.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 420-1. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438592996577 accessed: 29 February, 2024

location of experience: New York Metropolitan Opera House


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner
performed by Edouard de Reszke, Jean de Reszke, Lillian Nordica, Anton Sedll

Experience Information

Date/Time 1896
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:09:56 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:57:22 +0100