[Met Performance] CID:93250
Götterdämmerung {94} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/15/1926.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 15, 1926


GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG {94}

Brünnhilde..............Nanny Larsén-Todsen
Siegfried...............Rudolf Laubenthal
Gunther.................Friedrich Schorr
Gutrune.................Maria Müller
Hagen...................Michael Bohnen
Waltraute...............Karin Branzell
Alberich................Gustav Schützendorf
First Norn..............Marion Telva
Second Norn.............Henriette Wakefield
Third Norn..............Marcella Röseler
Woglinde................Elizabeth Kandt [Last performance]
Wellgunde...............Phradie Wells
Flosshilde..............Marion Telva
Vassal..................Max Altglass
Vassal..................Arnold Gabor

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

Review of W. J. Henderson in the New York Sun

Wagner Opera Season Closes

Distinguished Singers Make Final Appearance in 'Götterdämmerung' at Metropolitan

Wagner bade farewell to the Metropolitan Opera House for the season last evening. There has been a considerable Wagnerian activity and evidence of much public interest. The work offered for the delectation of last night's audience was "Götterdämmerung" which has to be taken seriously if at all. Several of the distinguished principals in the cast sang for the last time. These were Miss Müller, Mr. Laubenthal, Mr. Bohnen and Mr. Schorr.

Mme. Larsen-Todsen and Mme. Branzell completed their duties as Wagner singers, but they are to be heard in Italian opera tomorrow night. Mr. Schützendorf, who was also in the cast, makes his farewell bow at the Sunday evening concert. It will be advisable for those who intend to be present at either of the performances of tomorrow to keep in mind that both will begin a quarter of an hour earlier than usual. The matinee will start at a quarter before 2 P.M. and the evening opera at a quarter before 8. The advance of time is made because the company will start for Atlanta by special train immediately after the day's work is finished.

The interpretation of the final drama of the Nibelung cycle did not differ in any essential manner from those which preceded it. The prevailing characteristic of the performance was its devotion. It would not be astonishing if at the close of a long and arduous season some of those engaged were to show sings of weariness or even want of interest in their work. But there seemed to be neither last night. If it had been the first week instead of the last one of the opera the artists could hardly have been more intent upon delivering the message of the composer.

Mme. Larsen-Todsen has won favor with the public, largely through her great earnestness, and her Brünnhilde in "Götterdämmerung" is one of the roles in which she shows it most. She received special approval from the assembly of last evening. Mme. Branzell's admirable Waltraute, Mr. Laubenthal's commendable Siegfried, Mr. Schorr's excellent Gunther and Mr. Bohnen's black and sinister Hagen were also warmly applauded. Mr. Bodanzky, who conducted for the last time this season, was made the object of special demonstration.



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