The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes
, German Heldentenor, appeared at the
Bayreuth Festival during four seasons, singing small roles in 1892, adding
Lohengrin opposite Lillian Nordica in 1894, Siegmund in 1896, and Parsifal in
1899. He made his Met debut as Tannhäuser on December 1, 1902, under a
contract calling for $300 per performance, with twenty-five performances
guaranteed. The contract contained the following stipulation: "The management
has right to cancel engagement after 1st, 2nd, or 3rd appearance, paying
performance salary, indemnity of $500 -- also return passage to
Germany." On loan from the Met, Gerhäuser sang excerpts from
Parsifal in a Boston concert, and repeated his debut
Tannhäuser in the performance captured by Mapleson on two cylinders.
Promptly the next day, even though it was a Sunday, the indemnity was paid and
the contract cancelled.
TANNHÄUSER (Tannhäuser): Side 9/Bands 3, 4