[Met Performance] CID:49250
Die Walküre {143} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/7/1910.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 7, 1910


DIE WALKÜRE {143}

Brünnhilde..............Lucie Weidt
Siegmund................Carl Burrian
Sieglinde...............Berta Morena
Wotan...................Walter Soomer
Fricka..................Florence Wickham
Hunding.................Allen Hinckley
Gerhilde................Lenora Sparkes
Grimgerde...............Henriette Wakefield
Helmwige................Rita Fornia
Ortlinde................Rosina Van Dyck
Rossweisse..............Inga Örner
Schwertleite............Clara Koch-Böhm
Siegrune................Marie Mattfeld
Waltraute...............Florence Wickham

Conductor...............Alfred Hertz

Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

"DIE W ALKÜERE" AT THE OPERA

The Wagnerian Drama Heard by a Large and Attentive Audience.

The operatic atmosphere is deeply charged with Puccini, and on Saturday night there will be some kind of an outpour, whether brilliant with the lightnings of genius remains to be seen. Despite the forewarnings of this lyric storm the usual phenomena of the Metropolitan Opera House continue to present themselves in their familiar way. One of these phenomena is Wagner's "Die Walküre," which sailed calmly into view last night for the third time this season. This early section of the great tetralogy has been a happy hunting ground for the German contingent of Mr. Gatti-Casazza's forces. Doubtless occupation makes them happy and it is a good thing for the subscribers to get a change of style.

Perhaps a discussion of styles might easily follow at this point, but it is unnecessary. It may be possible at a later date that some learned Thebans may cogitate on the ways and means of producing many pages of voluptuous lyric music in spite of the necessity of carrying on a complex and vigorous action, but no such reflections seem to be called for at this moment. It is conceded that there is a good deal of activity in "Die Walküre," but it is undeniable that its most important situations are psychologic and therefore food for music. Wagner produced the music and operagoers appear to enjoy it.

Last night's performance did not differ in any material respect from those which preceded it. Lucy Weidt was again the Brünnhilde. After the first performance she discarded the short skirt which she properly wore, but which detracted from her appearance. The longer skirt has not improved her interpretation, but she certainly looks more interesting. Miss Morena repeated her lovely Sieglinde and had an excellent companion in Mr. Burrian as Siegmund. Only an Ossian could properly describe the Wotan of Mr. Soomer, who rode in the breast of the storm and stormed through the rest of the opera. One could hardly blame him though. Fricka certainly is a Tartar. Mr. Hertz conducted the performance.



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