[Met Performance] CID:95470
Die Walküre {222} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/18/1927.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 18, 1927


DIE WALKÜRE {222}

Brünnhilde..............Nanny Larsén-Todsen
Siegmund................Lauritz Melchior
Sieglinde...............Maria Müller
Wotan...................Michael Bohnen
Fricka..................Karin Branzell
Hunding.................Pavel Ludikar
Gerhilde................Charlotte Ryan
Grimgerde...............Marion Telva
Helmwige................Marcella Röseler
Ortlinde................Editha Fleischer
Rossweisse..............Ina Bourskaya
Schwertleite............Dorothea Flexer
Siegrune................Grace Anthony
Waltraute...............Merle Alcock

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

Review signed M. W. in the New York Tribune

Lauritz Melchior is Heard as Siegmund in 'Walküre"

Danish Tenor Gives a Moving Performance

Lauritz Melchior, the Danish tenor, who has been too infrequently heard here in opera since he had his New York debut last season, appeared at the Metropolitan last evening as Siegmund in "Die Walküre," the part in which he made so marked an impression at Bayreuth. Mr. Melchior offered a carefully elaborated and often moving performance last night, especially in the first act narrative. But he gave Mr. Bodanzky, the conductor, some anxious moments by reason of the slowness with which, after the Bayreuth tradition, he sang certain phrases in the love scene.

Mr. Bodanzky had other troubles last night. His brass went back on him in the Prelude to the first act; his woodwinds played badly out of tune at the beginning of Brünnhilde's Supplication in the great final scene with Wotan, and Mr. Bohnen, who sang the all-Father, indulged in some curious and perturbing distortions of Wagner's melodic and rhythmic patterns. Mme. Larsen-Todsen, as Brünnhilde, Miss Müller as Sieglinde, Miss Branzell as Fricka and Mr. Ludikar as Hunding comported themselves as usual.



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