[Met Performance] CID:118210
Siegfried {167} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/3/1936.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 3, 1936
Revised production


SIEGFRIED {167}
Wagner-Wagner

Siegfried...............Lauritz Melchior
Brünnhilde..............Marjorie Lawrence
Wanderer................Ludwig Hofmann
Erda....................Kathryn Meisle
Mime....................Marek Windheim
Alberich................Eduard Habich
Fafner..................Emanuel List
Forest Bird.............Editha Fleischer

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

Director................Leopold Sachse
Set designer............Hans Kautsky

[The new setting for Act III, Scene 2 was added at the second performance.]

Siegfried received three peformances this season.

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

MISS LAWRENCE AS BRÜNNHILDE

Edouard Habich Also Sings Role in 'Siegfried'

Since it has long been the custom to give the "Ring" tetralogy piecemeal, the appearance of "Siegfried" as a solo opera is accepted without question as to who broke the sword, how Fafner became "the worst of all worms" and "took to lying abroad of nights," how there happened to be a sleeping beauty on a firelit rock waiting for the highest hero of worlds to come and wake her with a half-minute kiss, and how she recognized him at once. The only question to be raised now is just how probable it is that the true spirit of the scherzo of the tetralogy can be made manifest when the other movements are not performed.

Let it be declared that last evening at the Metropolitan Opera House "Siegfried" was quite alive and rich in the moods of youth and aspiration contrasted with those of mature hatred and aged contemplation. Mr. Bodanzky seemed to be tuned up to the key of the drama and there were moments when the musical opulence of the splendid score was disclosed with great brilliancy. The first act was a trifle slow at times, but the entire second act developed steadily from the darkling interview of Alberich and the Wanderer up to the pealing outburst when the young Volsang, enraptured, started on his journey toward the mountain of his desire.

There was an admirable cast for the drama, all familiar except the Alberich and the Brünnhilde. The former was impersonated by Edouard Habich, who is a veteran of Bayreuth, and was a thoroughly satisfactory representative of the dethroned lord of Nibelheim. Marjorie Lawrence, the new Wagnerian soprano from Australia, was the Brünnhilde to whom arrived, at a very late hour, the young hero, Siegfried, portrayed by Mr. Melchior. There were also the Wanderer of Ludwig Hofmann, the Mime of Merek Windheim, the Forest Bird of Miss Fleischer, the Fafner of Emanuel List and the Erda of Katherine Meisle, to complete an interesting company of Wagnerians. The audience was of encouraging size and its applause betokened pleasure.



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