[Met Performance] CID:125340
Götterdämmerung {136}
Ring Cycle [65] Uncut
. Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/3/1939.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 3, 1939 Matinee


GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG {136}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [65] Uncut

Brünnhilde..............Kirsten Flagstad
Siegfried...............Lauritz Melchior
Gunther.................Julius Huehn
Gutrune.................Irene Jessner
Hagen...................Emanuel List
Waltraute...............Kerstin Thorborg
Alberich................Adolf Vogel
First Norn..............Doris Doe
Second Norn.............Lucielle Browning
Third Norn..............Dorothee Manski
Woglinde................Thelma Votipka
Wellgunde...............Irra Petina
Flosshilde..............Doris Doe
Vassal..................Max Altglass
Vassal..................Arnold Gabor

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

Review of Jerome D. Bohm in the Herald Tribune

Finale of Uncut "Ring" Is Heard at Metropolitan

Mme. Flagstad and Melchior Sing 'Götterdämmerung'

The annual presentation of Wagner's "Ring" cycle in unabbreviated form was brought to a close with "Götterdämmerung" at the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon. The cast was a familiar one, with Kirsten Flagstad as Brünnhilde, Lauritz Melchior as Siegfried, Emanuel List as Hagen, Julius Huehn as Gunther, Adolf Vogel as Alberich, Irene Jessner as Gurtrune, Thelma Votipka, Doris Doe and Irra Petina as the trio of Rhine-Maidens and Miss Doe, Lucielle Browning and Dorothee Manski as the Norns. Artur Bodanzky conducted.

The performance was an enthralling one, with Mme. Flagstad rising to exceptional heights, even for her, from both the vocal and dramatic aspects. In fact, all the principals were in admirable voice. Mme. Thorborg has not given so completely satisfying an interpretation of any other part this season as she did of Waltraute. The remaining delineations are so well known that detailed discussion of them is not necessary now. Mr. Bodanzky was very much in the vein and his conception tarried on a consistently exalted plane. His orchestra, barring the apparently inevitable occasional troubles in the brass choir, played well. The huge audience listened with the greatest absorption and applauded and cheered tumultuously at the close of the music-drama.



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