5 April 1907

The Monte Carlo Opera Company’s presentation of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele (or Méphistofélès, since it is in French) with Feodor Chaliapin in the title role sounds like it should be an exciting event! It will be the Berlin premiere of this opera, which was first performed in 1868.

Chaliapin in Boito, Mefistofele, 1906

Last night the Prince of Monaco joined the Kaiser, the Crown Prince, and Prince Friedrich Leopold, all with their respective spouses, in the royal box for La Damnation de Faust. However, Max Marschalk had a very negative review in the Vossische Zeitung this morning. He was not impressed by the old fashioned Grand Opera staging and costumes, and he could have done without the tasteless dancing sylphs and hovering angels. Besides the shoddy staging, the orchestra, chorus, and singers all compared unfavorably with the production currently at the Komische Oper. 

In the concert halls tonight:

  • Ferruccio Busoni, playing Bach-Busoni, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Busoni, Chopin, and Liszt.
  • Baritone Hermann Weißenborn with Clemens Schmalstich at the piano.
  • Soprano Lucie Alice König with Hans B. Hasse, violin.
  • Berte Boulin, voice; Elisabeth Overlack, piano; Coenraad Bos, piano.
  • The Mozartsaal Orchestra’s concert tonight is a Wagner Abend.

At the other theaters for opera/operetta:

Die Zauberflöte is the second opera of the Mozart cycle at the Neue Königliche Opern-Theater, with Leo Blech conducting.
At the Komische: Tosca.
Lortzing Theater: Martha.  
Theater des Westens: Lustige Witwe. 
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche. 
Central: Wiener Blut.

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