Artur Bodanzky
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
12 January 1935
Metropolitan Opera House New York
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
HermannLudwig Hofmann
TannhäuserLauritz Melchior
Wolfram von EschenbachRichard Bonelli
Walther von der VogelweideHans Clemens
BiterolfArnold Gábor
Heinrich der SchreiberGiordano Paltrinieri
Reinmar von ZweterJames Wolfe
ElisabethMaria Müller
VenusDorothee Manski
Ein junger HirtLillian Clark
Paul Jackson

Melchior had sung all the previous Tannhäuser broadcasts and is again the reluctant penitent, always undaunted by the high tessitura. He splendidly outgoing in his final evocation of Venus, but saves the purest of headtones for a magical naming of “Elisabeth”. Maria Müller joins the list of notable broadcast Elisabeths (Jeritza, Rethberg, Lehmann) portraying a more girlish saint than we are accustomed to, and one more indulgent in self-pity (“mein Herz sich abgewandt von dir”) than internally devout in her prayer. Yet her pianissimo “Nimm dich gnädig meiner an!” is very lovely, and her singing gains quietude as she nears heavenly grace. The radio audience would hear this engaging artist again in Don Giovanni before her Metropolitan career of eleven seasons ended.

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Act 1 missing, Act 2 is incomplete.
Matinee broadcast
A production by Samuel Thewman (1923)