[Met Performance] CID:104640
Die Walküre {244}
Ring Cycle [51] Uncut
. Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/27/1930.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 27, 1930 Matinee


DIE WALKÜRE {244}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [51] Uncut

Brünnhilde..............Elisabeth Ohms
Siegmund................Walter Kirchhoff
Sieglinde...............Gertrude Kappel
Wotan...................Friedrich Schorr
Fricka..................Karin Branzell
Hunding.................William Gustafson
Gerhilde................Phradie Wells
Grimgerde...............Marion Telva
Helmwige................Dorothee Manski
Ortlinde................Pearl Besuner
Rossweisse..............Ina Bourskaya
Schwertleite............Dorothea Flexer
Siegrune................Jane Carroll [Last performance]
Waltraute...............Henriette Wakefield

Conductor...............Artur Bodanzky

Review signed "H" in Musical America

The Uncut 'Walküre'

For the first time in a number of years, "Walküre" was sung without cuts as the fourth performance of the special matinee cycle on the afternoon of Feb. 27. The opera began at one o'clock and was over a few moments before five, the capacity audience listening in rapt attention throughout. One of the high points of the performance was the first appearance in New York as Brünnhilde of the Dutch soprano, Elisabeth Ohms. Mme. Ohms not only sang very beautifully, far better than she has in any other opera here as yet, but she acted with great intensity and finesse. Gertrude Kappel sang Sieglinde for the first time. She was secure in the role, but has been more satisfactory in others. Mr. Kirchhoff did his declamatory phrases well. His lyric ones, as in the Spring Song, were less effective. Mr. Schorr sang better than he has done this season. Mme. Branzell was an effective Fricka and Mr. Gustafson a burly and sonorous Hunding. The Valkyries fluted for the most part instead of shouting, as they should. They were a timid crew, suggesting "pensionnaires" rather than the warlike daughters of the highest of the gods. They included Dorothée Manski, Phradie Wells, Pearl Besuner, Ina Bourskaya, Marion Telva, Henriette Wakefield, Jane Carroll, and Dorothea Flexer. Mr. Bodanzky conducted with much spirit.



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