13 April 1907

The Monte Carlo Opera Company’s final evening is made up of the first act of Samson und Dalila, the third act of Hérodiade, and the second act of Barbier de Siviglia.1German spelling of French titles. The respective composers of the first two selections, Saint-Saëns and Massenet, will be present.

There is an interesting review of the Lortzing Theater’s Fidelio in today’s Tageblatt. The relatively new theater’s decision to attempt a serious opera is surprising and bold. But “the singers gave themselves over to the musically and dramatically calculated direction of Kapellmeister Artur Bodanzky, who raised them to a very respectable level of musical expression.” The horns were not in tune and the woodwinds lacked precision, but otherwise it was a success. (Bodanzky (b. Vienna 1877-1939) went to the US in 1915 and became a long-serving conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. I thought the name sounded familiar!)

The other operas/operettas tonight are: Komische: Tosca
Lortzing: Martha
Theater des Westens: Die lustige Witwe
Central: Wiener Blut
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche

  • The pianist Anton Förster is giving his second concert. The program includes Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven, Sonata in c minor, Op. 111.
  • The alto Luise Geller-Wolter is giving her third concert, with Eduard Behm at the piano.
  • Tenor Hans Buff-Gießen is presenting a program of contemporary Lieder composers Wilhelm Berger, Stephan Krehl, Arnold Mendelssohn, and Richard Strauß.
Anton Förster (1867-1915)
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