[Met Performance] CID:85590
Die Walküre {200} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/20/1923.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 20, 1923


DIE WALKÜRE {200}
Wagner-Wagner

Brünnhilde..............Margarete Matzenauer
Siegmund................Rudolf Laubenthal
Sieglinde...............Florence Easton
Wotan...................Clarence Whitehill
Fricka..................Jeanne Gordon
Hunding.................Paul Bender
Gerhilde................Phradie Wells
Grimgerde...............Marion Telva
Helmwige................Marcella Röseler
Ortlinde................Laura Robertson
Rossweisse..............Flora Perini
Schwertleite............Kathleen Howard
Siegrune................Raymonde Delaunois
Waltraute...............Henriette Wakefield

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

Director................Samuel Thewman
Set designer............Hans Kautsky

Die Walküre received seven performances this season.

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

Initial 'Walküre' of the Season Has Sterling Performance at Metropolitan

The season's first performance at the. Metropolitan of Wagner's "Walküre" was given on the evening of Dec. 20, with Messrs. Laubenthal, Bender and Whitehill and Mmes. Easton, Matzenauer and Gordon in the principal roles, and Artur Bodanzky conducting. While there was nothing of startling originality in the performance, all the artists save Mr. Laubenthal having been heard before in their several rôles, it was a performance of high order, one of those evenings when all things seemed to work
together for the common good.

It is bootless to seek to criticize Mr. Whitehill's Wotan or Mme. Matzenauer's Brünnhilde. They are both familiar and both are of a high order of excellence. It is doubtful if a more moving characterization of Brünnhilde, or one of greater distinction than that of Mme. Matzenauer's on this occasion, has been heard in a long time.

Miss Easton's Sieglinde is a profoundly moving figure and she invests the part with a futile, helpless pathos that is unequalled, besides singing it superbly. Miss Gordon's Fricka was dignified and sufficiently shrewish, and she also sang particularly well. Mr. Laubenthal sang well and his acting was strikingly effective. The Valkyries were sung by Mmes. Roeseler, Wells, Robertson, Perinir, Telva, Wakefield. Delannois and Howard.



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