The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes
Anton Van Rooy
(1870-1932), Dutch bass-baritone from
Rotterdam, made his Met debut as Wotan in Walküre
on December 14, 1898, and sang leading roles with the company for nine seasons.
His appearances as Amfortas in the Met's 1903 Parsifal
resulted in his being banned from further appearances in Bayreuth, where he had
sung the Dutchman, Sachs, and Wotan in Ring cycles.
During 1902-03 at the Metropolitan, he sang Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Kurvenal in Tristan, all three
Wotans, Telramund, and Sachs. For twenty-four performances he was paid
$15,075.83. In addition to his Wagnerian roles, he also sang at the
house Don Fernando in Fidelio, King Solomon in
Die Königin von Saba, and Jokanaan in the
American premiere of Salome.
LOHENGRIN (Telramund): Side 8/Bands 3, 4, 7
WALKÜRE (Wotan): Side 10/Bands 4, 10