[Met Performance] CID:125140
Die Walküre {304}
Ring Cycle [65] Uncut
. Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/16/1939.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 16, 1939 Matinee


DIE WALKÜRE {304}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [65] Uncut

Brünnhilde..............Kirsten Flagstad
Siegmund................Lauritz Melchior
Sieglinde...............Elisabeth Rethberg
Wotan...................Friedrich Schorr
Fricka..................Risë Stevens
Hunding.................Emanuel List
Gerhilde................Thelma Votipka
Grimgerde...............Irra Petina
Helmwige................Dorothee Manski
Ortlinde................Irene Jessner
Rossweisse..............Lucielle Browning
Schwertleite............Anna Kaskas
Siegrune................Helen Olheim
Waltraute...............Doris Doe

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

Review of Pitts Sanborn in the World-Telegram

Flagstad Sings Brünnhilde

In spite of the ineptitudes of the staging - that foolish "battle in the clouds" without a cloud touches the nadir of Metropolitan absurdity - there was much to admire in yesterday's "Die Walkeure" at the Metropolitan, continuing the matinee Wagner series.

First of all there was Kirsten Flagstad. Her voice rang out with thrilling splendor. Particularly memorable was her delivery of Brünnhilde's last speech, the second "Diess Eine musst du erhoeren!" etc. And then she was one element of the performance that could be looked at, to the eye a real Norse goddess.

Friedrich Schorr sang admirably the parts of Wotan's music that lay within his vocal compass. A noteworthy case in point was the passage beginning "De labie suess dich selige Lust." But his Wotan seems to be inseparable from that preposterous red velvet cloak, and sometimes yesterday he behaved like a male shrew.

Vocally magnificent was the Siegmund of Lauritz Melchior, and Elisabeth Rehtberg, the Sieglinde, sang spiritedly and in better voice that she has done on occasion. Rise Stevens as Fricka grappled intelligently and painstakingly with a task that overweighted her. Emanuel List provided his usual Hunding.

Artur Bodanzky conducted with energy and authority, and the orchestra got along with a minimum of quacking.



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