THE BALTIMORE Opera Company yesterday put on its $215,000 Wagner concert for its second performance, replacing the canceled $500,000-plus "Tristan and Isolde." If opera-goers didn't get the Wagner masterpiece they wanted, they did get more than half a loaf, an enjoyable concert with some emotional high points.
The Viennese-trained conductor Alexander Sander led a sometimes moving Baltimore Opera Orchestra in Wagner's hypnotic music, especially the preludes to "The Flying Dutchman" and "Tristan" and some stellar accompaniment to Brunnhilde's arias in "The Twilight of the Gods" and "Tristan."
The soprano Judith Telep-Ehrlich closed the first and second halves with stirring renditions of Brunnhilde's Immolation scene in "Twilight" and Isolde in "Love Death" (Liebestod) from "Tristan." In her debut here, she showed a large supple voice with a technique moving easily from a soft "Rest, thou God" to a powerful "Fly home ye ravens" in the Immolation Scene.