[Met Performance] CID:118020
New production
Die Walküre {278} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/18/1935.

(Debuts: Marjorie Lawrence, Charlotte Symons, Leopold Sachse
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 18, 1935
New production


DIE WALKÜRE {278}
Wagner-Wagner

Brünnhilde..............Marjorie Lawrence [Debut]
Siegmund................Lauritz Melchior
Sieglinde...............Elisabeth Rethberg
Wotan...................Friedrich Schorr
Fricka..................Kathryn Meisle
Hunding.................Emanuel List
Gerhilde................Charlotte Symons [Debut]
Grimgerde...............Irra Petina
Helmwige................Dorothee Manski
Ortlinde................Pearl Besuner
Rossweisse..............Ina Bourskaya
Schwertleite............Myrtle Leonard
Siegrune................Thelma Votipka
Waltraute...............Doris Doe

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

Director................Leopold Sachse [Debut]
Set designer............Jonel Jorgulesco

Die Walküre received four performances this season.

Review by W.J. Henderson in the New York Sun:

In a recent interview Edward Johnson, now impresario of the Metropolitan Opera House, declared that the institution depended for its prosperity chiefly on Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini. The first of these made a triumphant return on Monday evening, and last night the second was represented by his popular "Die Walküre". The procession of the season's debut began with this performance. Marjorie Lawrence, a soprano from the antipodes, was disclosed with the rising of the second act curtain as Brünnhilde. The new dramatic singer proved to be a singer of value and of promise. She disclosed a good voice, generally well placed, an attack almost always firm and unhampered, phrasing musically planned, and commendable diction. The voice showed quite enough power for the role. The delivery of the "Ho-jo-to-ho" was somewhat harsh and forced by reason of nervous anxiety, but in the scene with Wotan and in the "Todesverkuendigung" the true quality of the organ, rich and mellow and without impending technical faults, was exhibited. Miss Lawrence was not a tempestuous Brünnhilde, but her impersonation demonstrated the presence of a musical intelligence and a valuable stage experience. And throughout her interpretation of the music ran an undercurrent of sensitive feeling which readily made itself perceptible to the audience. It is probable that this new singer will wear well and grow in the public esteem.


Photographs of Marjorie Lawrence as Brünnhilde and Friedrich Schorr as Wotan by Wide World Studio.



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