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AS GREAT MAGNET
IMMENSE AUDIENCE HEARS
ITS DIGNITY IS IMPRESSIVE
Temple Auditorium Crowded on the
First Night of Grand Opera.
Stars In Excellent
"Parsifal," Wngner's great festival
drama, produced under the manage
ment'of Helnrlch Conrletl, crowded
Temple auditorium yesterday. Not
withstanding the fact that advance
sales of seats were slow, a brilliant
audience of 2000 persons was present
when the curtain rose at 6:15 p. m.
Despite repeated warnings the usunl
number of late comers appeared after
the last fanfare of trumpets, and the
local management wns not hard heart
ed enough to keep out the tardy ones
who . disturbed the hearing of the
The much advertised production — the
most Important musical event In tho
history of Los Angeles— exceeded in
beauty and spectacular effect the most
exalted expectations of those fortun
ate enough to be present at the per
formance, which extended over a period
of four hours. That a city of tho size
of Los Angeles could give such a wel
come to a great opera company speaks
well for the culture and musical ap
preciation of Southern California.
Two things, however, marred the aft
ernoon performance. A small part of
the audience evidently wns unfamiliar
with the traditions which forbid ap
plause and the appearance of Mlsa
Frehistad and Herr Burgstaller was
greeted with hand clappings, speedily
hissed by persons who desired all the
proprieties to be observed. At the
close of the first act, while the cur
tain was slowly falling upon a scene
that held the majority of the audience
In silent, reverent contemplation, there
•was a stir among thoughtless women
who began to put on their hats and
restless men who hastened Into the
aisles before the act was ended.
PRODUCTION OF WAGNER'S
GREAT OPERA DISTINCT
•From beginning to end the "Parsifal"
performance was an artistic achieve
ment which could hardly he Improved.
In bringing this festival drama from its
Bavarian shrine Mr. Conried b,as suc
ceeded in retaining all Its majestic
values. Not the least wonderful fea
ture of "Parsifal" Is Its atmosphere
created and maintained with consum
mate art. Wagner endeavored to com
pel what have been called "essential
moods," and the great festival drama
represents his supreme effort In this
direction. Mr. Conried has managed to
keep the elusive atmosphere of rever
ence by adhering as closely as pos-
Blble to all the Bayreuth traditions.
Here in Los Angeles yesterday the
audience had the call of the trumpet
ers, the darkened auditorium, the
solemn investment that for more than
twenty years have impressed the
musical pilgrims to Bayreuth. If there
were any who objected to the "com
mercial sacrilege" brought about by the
; enterprising Mr. Conried all prejudices
were removed. For a day Temple
auditorium was glorified, transfigured
lifted out of the commonplace present.
It was indeed a temple In which was
revealed a magnificent spectacle rep
resenting a mystic realm.
When the first notes of the prelude
- sounded there was evident n sup
pressed excitement. The Conried or
chestra, under the baton of Alfred
Hertz, the famous disciple of Wagner,
was all that the most exacting could
desire. The prelude, played with splen
did effect, caused a hush to fall upon
- the vast audience. Every instrument
was under perfect control, and as the
opera progressed the full significance
of the music was revealed. Mr. Hertz,
directing with nervous, staccato move
ments, shaded the music with such
delicacy that it had a new meaning.
With fine accentuation he brought out
the recurring themes, and In accom
panying the voices he subordinated
the instruments so that the vocal ef
fects were emphasized.
Knights of the Grail
The curtain rose on the forest; the
Knights of the Grail, wearing the long,
flowing, blue-gray robes with the dove
embroidered over the left arm, struck
the solemn keynote of the festival
drama, and Robert Blass, the Ameri
can basso, as the aged Gurnemanz,
won Instant sympathy by his splendid
singing. Amfortas, Kundry and Par
sifal apeared, and the performance be
came the most impressive of specta
cles. The scene was^ changed to the
Temple of the Grail by Wagner's ar
tifice of moving the forest as Gurne
manz and Parsifal walked toward the
solemn asembly of knights. This scene
In the temple, when the golden shrine
Is uncovered and the Grail Is exhibited
glowing with a purple luster as Am
fortas holds It aloft, is the most re
markable, the most solemn and the
most beautiful ever produced on the
modern stage. With the acompanl
ment of Wagner's superb music It
makes the supreme appeal to an
iiudlence that cherishes Christian
Ideals, and there Is nothing In its
meaning or acting that Is objection
Critics oast and west have declared
that while "Parsifal" Is religious or
levotlonal music, is the music of a
STARS OF THE METROPOLITAN GRAND OPERA COMPANY
religion "whlc+i never before had
found expression." This fact was ap- '
parent to all who listened intelligently'
yesterday, for the religion Is a com
mingling of universal ideals, a blend
ing of mnny primal fuiths presented in
tho Christian symbolism. Wagner,
made daring' use of the things held
most sacred In the religious cere- j
monlal, but those are so reverently I
treated that even the most sensitive ]
cannot take offense. The adoration of
the holy relics Is Impressive as a por
trayal of mediaeval worship.
Miss Olive Fremstad's Kundry Is nn
extraordinary creation. The charac
ter Is one that demands the highest
dramatic powers, and In portraying the
dual personality, tho mysterious Indi
viduality of this feminine personifica
tion of the Wandering Jew Miss Frem
stad has achieved a success that places
her foremost nmong Wngnerlan Inter
preters. Her acting is such a distinct
achievement that involuntarily the
critic mentions it before her singing.
Her voice is in many respects the host
ever heard In a Wagnerlan soprano
role. Rich and clear, with a great
compass. It has the dramatic quality
which especially fits It for this music
drama. It Is a big voice, with organ
noi.es and exquisite tones. It Is a voice
that can express every emotion.
In the second act Miss Fremstad
had a long sustained opportunity to
show her marvelous voice and her
dramatic power. This act which tukes
place at Kllngeor's magic castle in
troduced the flower girls. The garden
scene was beautifully set and it is
doubtful whether a prettier chorus
was ever seen on the operatic stage.
All the voices In the solo parts worn
unueual. In this scene where Kundry
acts the part of the temptress to
Parsifal, Hurgstaller rose to great
dramatic heights and his voice was
more than adequate for the role which
has always been most difficult to fill.
Uurgstaller's Parsifal is as wonderful
a creation as Miss Fremstad's Kundry.
As a tenor Burgstaller stands pre
eminent In that he has tremendous
compass, a superb quality of tone ami
a perfect training which enables him
to fulfill every requirement of this
most difficult part. His acting Is a
piece of finished work. Through much
of the Hint and second acts he Is com
pelled to show his emotion through
poee Instead of action and when It Is
■ eullzed how much he expresses with
his buck to the audience, his art IB ap
preciated. With something akin to
genius he keeps the role of Parsifal
on the exalted plane; he Is convincing
in every step of its development from
the "guileless fool" to the accepted
Knight of the Grail.
After the tecond act tv which Mr,
tOS. ANGELES HERALD* TUESDAY MORNING, APRIL tt, 1965.
Gorltz as Kllngsor won his share of
the honors, the three principals were
recalled four times. The audience for
got all about AVagner's prescribed
rules against applause. Kundry,
Parsifal und Kllngsor actually came
before the curtain to bow. Thus were
Bayrouth customs set at naught.
To Van Rooy fell the exacting rolo
of Amfortas, and this veteran of the
opera sang with all his old-time art.
ills solos. In the Hrst act were given
with convincing feeling, Mr. Muehl
mann's Tlturel was not less satisfac
tory than the other roles.
At the end of the opera there was
more applause, but these outbursts of
enthusiasm did not Indicate that the
Los Angeles audience failed to catch
the solemn spirit of "Parsifal" or to
understand ItH lessons.
Tonight "Lucia dl Lammermoor"
Will be given a sumptuous production,
with Madame Bembrlch in the title
role. The cant will be us follows:
Lucia Mme. Sembrlch
Alisu ...Miss Bauermelster
Hdgardo M. Caruso
Lord Enrico Ashton M, Parvls
Haimondo M. Journet
Arturo M, liars
Kormanno M. Glaccone
Conductor — Mr. Arturo Vlgna.
Stage manager — Mr. lSugene Dufrlche.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENKItT.
Act I— Scene 1. Grounds near Itav
enswood cast la. Scene 3. Tho ruined
tower of Wolf's crag. jffiMNM
Act U— A hall In Havens wood cattle.
Act III— A room In Ravenswood castle.
Act IV — The cemetery.
BOCIETY FOLK MUCH IN
EVIDENCE AT TEMPLE
AUDITORIUM LA9T NIGHT
"Parslfnl" wns the excuse for a gen
eral outpouring of society's fairest
maids and matrons, to say nothing of
the married men and popular bache
lors, yesterday afternoon and evening.
Everything made way for the grand
Business men closed their offices nnd
hurried to the Temple auditorium and
society women abandoned all sign of
pink tens for the afternoon.
The Intermission was made a time
for numerous little dinners, and par
ties of prominent people from the out
lying towns mnde this an occasion for
a visit to Los Angeles.
A party of eight women from the
Ebell club which witnessed the per
formance nnd dined during the Inter
mission nt the California club Included
Mrs. Frank W. King, Mrs. Siimner P.
Hunt, Mrs. B. T. Pettlgrew, Mrs. C. N.
Flint, Mrs. F. N. Browell, Mrs. C, M,
Cenley, Mrs. C. F. Noyes, Mrs. Hurry
Booth nnd Mrs. Frederick Nation.
Mr. nnd Mrs. Walter Newhall enter
tained' nt the snme club a party for
dinner. In the pnrty were Dr. W.
Jarvls Barlow, Mrs. Hugh N. McNlel,
Mrs. J. S. Slauson, James Slauson and
Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Holterhoft and
Count and Mrs. Jaro Yon Schmidt were
entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Shelly
Tolhurst. The gowns of the ladies
in this party were especially attractive,
Mrs. Holterhoff wearing white bro
caded sntln and Mrs. Tolhurst white
chiffon find lace.
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Erkenbrecher
had as their guest Miss Burkhard, who
is visiting them. Mrs. Erkenbrncher
was gowned In a beautiful creation of
pink net, while her guest wore blue
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walton, Mr. and
■ Mrs. Charles Walton and Misses Clara
and Lucille Walton were seen at an
other table at the California club, and
others who wore seated at tables near
them were: Judge Knight, Mrs. George
Caswell and Ray Smith; Mr. and Mrs.
W. S. Patterson, Miss Frances Clark
nnd Harry Callendnr; Mr. and Mrs.
Campbell Johnson; Mrs. J. J. Byrne
nnd tho Misses Sprague of Pasadena;
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Carpenter and Miss
Clara Carpenter, and Mark Slbley
Severance and tho Misses Severance.
A party which included four guests
from Hotel Green, Pasadena, which wit
nessed tho performance and dined at
one of tho cafes was made up of Dr.
und Mrs. C. W. Smith, Mrs. William
Winegar and Miss Winegar of Pasa
dena and Mrs. J. M. Montana and Mrs.
K. W. Tinkham.
Others at tho California club were
Mr. and Mrs. Koy Jones, Mr. and Mrs.
Lynn Helm, Mr. and Miss Dreor, W. G.
Chancelor und party of three, and Mr.
and Mrs. Stephen W. Dorscy.
Dr. Huynes entertained a party of
six at dinner at the Angelns Brill, and
Mrs. A. C, Balch was hostess to a
party of ten at the same place. Gen.
Wankoskl entertained six friends, and
O. A. Ounther a party of four.
A party of nine which attended
"Parsifal" was entertained at dinner
at the Hotel Lankershlm by A. S. Pet
torson, and ninny other delightful lit
tle dinners were given there.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mitchell also
Spveral of the charming young
brides-to-be were guests of friends at
the opera, Miss Clara Walton being
among the number.
At tho evening performance the scene
was even more brilliant than during
the afternoon, as many of the women
appeared in evening dress and some
beautiful gowns were displayed.
Among society people In the audience
\yere Dr. and Mrs. Granvllle Mac-
Go wan, Mr. and Mrs. George W. King,
Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg, Mr. and Mrs.
Wesley Clark, Judge and Mrs. Chap
man, the Misses Chapman, Mrs. Me
Garry, Miss Kitty Kurtz, Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred Kolano, Mrs. George L. Arnold.
Mr. and Mrs. Hancock Banning, Dr.
and Mrs. William B. Babcock. Mr. und
Mrs. Berthold Haruch, Miss Kllen
Hamburger, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Bishop.
Mr. and Mrs. Bheldon Bordeu, Mr, and
Mrs. John J. Burnes. Dr. and Mrs.
Burt Ellia, Mrs. C. BiunlUer-Htckejr,
Mr. and Mrs. 11. It. Iterron and Miss I
Kdlth Herron, Mr. find Mrs. K. F. C.
Klokke. Harry Clifford Lott, Dr. and
Mrs. H. O. Dralnerd, Mm. Otto Weed,
Mr. and Mrs. Modlnl-Wood, Herr and
Madame Rubo, Dr. nnd Mrs. L». Faul
Zahn, Mr. and Mrs. William 11. Work
man, Mr. nnd Mm. Charles Kdson,
Mr. and Mm. J. F. Bartorl, Mr. and
Mr«. Edward D. Silent, Mr. nnd Mrs.
Oliver P. Posey and Mr. and Mrs. John
Van Oleson Posey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Rowen, Mr. and Mrs. Kerd K. Rule,
Mr. and Mrs. Oeorge Drake Ruddy,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sumner, Mr. and
Mrs. .Tames P. Slfluson, Mr. nnd Mrs.
Cameron Thorn, Mr. and Mrs. Kara T.
Stlmson, Mnjor and Mrs. Hen C. Tru
man, Mr. nnd Mrs. John Wolfskin, Mr.
and Mrs. Dwlght Whiting. Mr. and
Mrs. I. N. Van Nuys nnd Miss Annls
Van Nuys, Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Rogers, Mr. nnd Mrfl. CJ. W. Vos
burg, Mr. and Mrs. C. C Desmond,
Mr. and Mrs. William (larlnnd, Mr. nnd
Mrs. Wi B, Cllne, Miss Alice Elliott,
Mrs. Ilnrdlng, Mr. and Mrs. U. T.
Illshop, Mr. iitul Mrs. Pnul de Longpre,
Miss Bird Chnnslor, Miss Georgia Tru
man, Spencer Smith, Judge nnd Mrs.
Trask, Mr. and Mrs. Fielding SUlhou,
Miss Stllson, Mr. mid Mrs. J. O. Mos
sln, Dr. Rmiebaugh nnd Miss Wills,
nnd Mr. nnd Mrs. J. Hoss Clark.
Among those who attended from out
If town were Mr. Hnd Mrs. fJeoree L.
Pntton nnd Miss Wilson, Knn Gabriel!
Henry Fisher, Iledlands; Mr. unrl Mrs.
Sutherland Hutton, Santu Monlra:
Miss Augusta Dreer, Pnstidena; Mrs.
L.' d. Vlscher, Ocenn Park: Mr. nnd
Mrs. Roy Jones, Snnta Monica! H. O,
Wyse, Snnta Monlcn; Mrs. E. R.
Skelley. president of Tuesday Musical
club. Riverside; Mary K. Parmalee,
Snnta Barbnra; May L. Ward, Ocean
Park! 1* Ci Drnke, Pasadena; Mrs. O.
S. Chandler, Altadenn; G. A. Moh
renotslker, Long Beach; J. L. Lam
per, Pasadena; Miss Alice Coleman,
Pasadena; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
Coleman, Pasadena; Mrs. McNeil.
Azusa; A. L. Story, Altadena: Miss
Ruddock, Santa Monica; Mrs. W. Stan
ton, Pasadena; J. E. Mammon, San
Gabriel; Mr. Churchill, Hollywood;
Miss Condlt, Fnlrmount; Mrs. M. Pen
dergrast, Rcdlands; A. K. Macomber,
H. M. Thompson, G. S. Wood, Pasa
dena; Miss Lucy Putnam, Redlands;
Miss Lulu Johns, Riverside; Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Dodge, San Diego, Dr. and
Sirs. Macombor, Pasadena; Mrs.
AValter Raymond, Pasadena.
STAR OF GRAND OPERA,
MME. SEMBRICH, WILL
SING TONIGHT IN "LUCIA"
Tonight will mark an event in the
Los Angeles musical world In the ap
pearance of Madame Sembrlch, prob
ably the greatest woman singer m
the world today.
Many a years ago, a poor little Pol
ish girl. 111 clad, 111 fed, cold and weary,
was devoured by a desire, to hear the
singing of Adellna Pattl, the greatest
soprano of her time. The poor little
Polish girl could not afford. to buy- a
reserved seat for the performance, yet.
some how she must hear it, for per
hnps never ngain would the radiant
queen of song rome to shine upon that
far away little city, and so the poor lit
tle Polish girl gathered up the savings
of many months which she had earned
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"Jis Any Cold May Lead to Catarrh— Peruna Should
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MANY people -persist In riding on At the sppearance of the first sytnp-
the street earn, Insufficiently pro- tom, Peruna should be taken nccordlng
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They start out perhaps In the heat of tlnued untll every symptom disappears,
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sitting. nrchitect nnd builder of Los Angeles,
Heglnnlng a street enr ride In the „,__ wr ,, p( , from thft CengUß offlce
middle of the dHy find end ng it In the ,, ull(1 , ng Washington. D. C, as follows:
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