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Max Maretzek His Managerial Career Some Anecdotes "Crotchets and Quavers" His Rivals and Some of His Singers Bernard Ullmann Marty Again Bottesini and Arditi Steffanone Bosio Tedesco Salvi Bettini Badiali Marini

CHAPTER VI

THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MUSIC

Operatic Warfare Half a Century Ago The Academy of Music and Its Misfortunes A Critic's Opera and His Ideals A Roster of American Singers Grisi and Mario Annie Louise Cary Ole Bull as Manager Piccolomini and Réclame Adelina Patti's Début and an Anniversary Dinner Twenty-five Years Later A Kiss for Maretzek

CHAPTER VII

MAPLESON AND OTHER IMPRESARIOS

Colonel James H. Mapleson A Diplomatic Manager His Persuasiveness How He Borrowed Money from an Irate Creditor Maurice Strakosch Musical Managers Pollini Sofia Scalchi and Annie Louise Cary Again Campanini and His Beautiful Attack Brignoli His Appetite and Superstition

CHAPTER VIII

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

The Academy's Successful Rival Why It Was Built The Demands of Fashion Description of the Theater War between the Metropolitan and the Academy of Music Mapleson and Abbey The Rival Forces Patti and Nilsson Gerster and Sembrich A Costly Victory

CHAPTER IX

FIRST SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN

The First Season at the Metropolitan Opera House Mr. Abbey's Singers Gounod's "Faust" and Christine Nilsson Marcella Sembrich and Her Versatility Sofia Scalchi Signor Kaschmann Signor Stagno Ambroise Thomas's "Mignon" Madame Fursch-Madi Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"

CHAPTER X

OPERATIC REVOLUTIONS

The Season 1883-1884at the Academy of Music Lillian Nordica's American Début German Opera Introduced at the Metropolitan Opera House Parlous State of Italian Opera in London and on the Continent Dr. Leopold Damrosch and His Enterprise The German Singers Amalia Materna Marianne Brandt Marie Schroeder-Hanfstängl Anton Schott, the Military Tenor Von Bülow's Characterization: "A Tenor is a Disease"

CHAPTER XI

GERMAN OPERA AT THE METROPOLITAN

First German Season Death Struggles of Italian Opera at the Academy Adelina Patti and Her Art Features of the German Performances "Tannhäuser" Marianne Brandt in Beethoven's Opera "Der Freischütz" "Masaniello" Materna in "Die Walküre" Death of Dr. Damrosch

CHAPTER XII

END OF ITALIAN OPERA AT THE ACADEMY

The Season 1885-1886 End of the Mapleson Régime at the Academy of Music Alma Fohström The American Opera Company German Opera in the Bowery A Tenor Who Wanted to be Manager of the Metropolitan Opera House The Coming of Anton Seidl His Early Career Lilli Lehmann A Broken Contract Unselfish Devotion to Artistic Ideals Max Alvary Emil Fischer

CHAPTER XIII

WAGNER HOLDS THE METROPOLITAN

Second and Third German Seasons The Period 1885-1888 More about Lilli Lehmann Goldmark's "Queen of Sheba" First Performance of Wagner's "Meistersinger" Patti in Concert and Opera A Flash in the Pan at the Academy of Music The Transformed American Opera Company Production of Rubinstein's "Nero" An Imperial Operatic Figure First American Performance of "Tristan und Isolde" Albert Niemann and His Characteristics His Impersonation of Siegmund Anecdotes A Triumph for "Fidelio"

CHAPTER XIV

WAGNERIAN HIGH TIDE

Wagnerian High Tide at the Metropolitan Opera House 1887-1890 Italian Low Water Elsewhere Rising of the Opposition Wagner's "Siegfried" Its Unconventionality "Götterdämmerung" "Der Trompeter von Säkkingen" "Euryanthe" "Ferdinand Cortez" "Der Barbier von Bagdad" Italo Campanini and Verdi's "Otello" Patti and Italian Opera at the Metropolitan Opera House

CHAPTER XV

END OF THE GERMAN PERIOD

End of the German Period 1890-1891 Some Extraordinary Novelties Franchetti's "Asrael" "Der Vasall von Szigeth" A Royal Composer, His Opera and His Distribution of Decorations "Diana von Solange" Financial Salvation through Wagner Italian Opera Redivivus Ill-mannered Box-holders Wagnerian Statistics

CHAPTER XVI

ITALIAN OPERA AGAIN AT THE METROPOLITAN

The Season 1891-1892 Losses of the Stockholders of the Metropolitan Opera House Company Return to Italian Opera Mr. Abbey's Expectations


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