[Met Performance] CID:33180
Siegfried {66}
Ring Cycle [26]
Metropolitan Opera House: 03/9/1904.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 9, 1904


SIEGFRIED {66}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [26]

Siegfried...............Alois Burgstaller
Brünnhilde..............Milka Ternina
Wanderer................Anton Van Rooy
Erda....................Edyth Walker
Mime....................Albert Reiss
Alberich................Otto Goritz
Fafner..................Robert Blass
Forest Bird.............Marguerite Lemon

Conductor...............Felix Mottl


Unsigned review in the New York Tribune:

Alois Burgstaller sang the part of Siegfried last night for the first time here this season before a large and enthusiastic audience. The evening marked the third performance in the special Ring cycle with which Mr. Conried is closing his season, and the ill luck which attended the second performance Saturday was happily absent. Mme Ternina appeared, as scheduled, as Brünnhilde; Miss Walker sang the part of Erda. Mr. Van Rooy and Mr. Reiss were seen in their familiar impersonations of the Wanderer and Mime, and Mr. Gortiz, Mr. Blass and Miss Lemon completed the cast. Felix Mottl conducted and the orchestra spoke eloquently to his bidding.

Herr Burgstaller's Siegfried made its appeal to the audience with sure effect before the first act had far advanced and at the fall of the first curtain the applause was long continued, and both the singers and Mr. Mottl had to appear many times. Less assertive in its possession of youthful strength and virility, perhaps, Mr. Burgstaller's Siegfried is nevertheless full of eagerness, of a sensitive spirit and of inherent poetry, carrying the appeal of loneliness and awakening sight. That Mr. Burgstaller forgot his horn in the second act, and had to go behind the scenery to get it, was one of those accidents that will happen, and it had little effect in the performance. The dragon woke up without delay. Mr. Burgstaller's voice was not at its best.



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