[Met Performance] CID:146970
Das Rheingold {94}
Ring Cycle [78] Uncut
. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/6/1948.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 6, 1948


DAS RHEINGOLD {94}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [78] Uncut

Wotan...................Joel Berglund
Fricka..................Kerstin Thorborg
Alberich................Gerhard Pechner
Loge....................Max Lorenz
Erda....................Blanche Thebom
Fasolt..................Jerome Hines
Fafner..................Mihály Székely
Freia...................Polyna Stoska
Froh....................Emery Darcy
Donner..................Kenneth Schon
Mime....................John Garris
Woglinde................Inge Manski
Wellgunde...............Martha Lipton
Flosshilde..............Margaret Harshaw

Conductor...............Fritz Stiedry

Review signed R. in Musical America

The season's second performance of Wagner's "Rheingold," and the first in the evening subscription series of the "Ring," was given Feb. 6. Fritz Stiedry was again the conductor. His well paced and nobly conceived interpretation of the score brought out a myriad of details of coloring and dramatic emphasis without becoming fussy. The cast was the same as at the first performance with Joel Berglund as Wotan, Kenneth Schon as Donner, Emery Darcy as Froh, Max Lorenz as Loge, Gerhard Pechner as Alberich, John Garris as Mime, Jerome Hines as Fasolt, Mihaly Szekely as Fafner, Kerstin Thorborg as Fricka, Polyna Stoska as Freia, Blanche Thebom as Erda, Inge Mauski as Woglinde, Martha Lipton as Wellgunde and Margaret Harshaw as Flosshilde. A new departure was the raising of the curtain before the playing of the prelude. This improvement upon Wagner's instructions (which has been done before at the Metropolitan) should be abandoned. The imaginative power of Wagner's vast E flat prelude is enough in itself without giving the audience pictures to look at while it is played.



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