[Met Performance] CID:7260
Die Walküre {29} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/23/1889.

(Debut: Amelia Sedlmayer
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 23, 1889 Matinee


DIE WALKÜRE {29}

Brünnhilde..............Lilli Lehmann
Siegmund................Paul Kalisch
Sieglinde...............Katherine Senger-Bettaque
Wotan...................Alois Grienauer
Fricka..................Hedwig Reil
Hunding.................Eugene Weiss
Gerhilde................Amelia Sedlmayer [Debut]
Grimgerde...............Nina Hartmann
Helmwige................Sophie Traubmann
Ortlinde................Félicie Kaschowska
Rossweisse..............Emmy Miron
Schwertleite............Lena Göttich
Siegrune................Christine Egener
Waltraute...............Hedwig Reil

Conductor...............Anton Seidl

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

"Die Walküre" was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon before an audience that literally packed the house alew and aloft. Herr Perotti was sick and Siegmund was sung by Herr Paul Kalisch. It is impossible to congratulate this conscientious artist on the result of his earnest efforts. He lacks the command of presence, the authority of manner, and the volume of voice necessary to make an impressive Siegmund. His conception of the rôle was conventionally Wagnerian, but his exposition of his correct ideas was without influence.

Herr Fischer was also on the sick list, and his substitute, Herr Grinauer, was far from satisfactory. FräuleinSenger-Bettaque was the Sieglinde. She looked well, but that was all. She sang with an unusual amount of acidity, and made several reprehensible excursions into keys not set down in the score. Her acting was listless and ineffective.

Fortunately, Fran Lehmann was at hand to sing Brünnhilde, as she alone has sung it in America, and the Valkyr sisters were effective as heretofore. The performance as a whole, however, was far from being equal to the first representation of the opera this season, and it will be unfortunate if Herr Perotti and Herr Fischer are not in harness when the trilogy performances are given



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