[Met Performance] CID:99120
Siegfried {142} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/2/1928.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 2, 1928


SIEGFRIED {142}

Siegfried...............Rudolf Laubenthal
Brünnhilde..............Florence Easton
Wanderer................Clarence Whitehill
Erda....................Karin Branzell
Mime....................Max Bloch
Alberich................Gustav Schützendorf
Fafner..................William Gustafson
Forest Bird.............Editha Fleischer

Conductor...............Tullio Serafin

Review of Pitts Sanborn in the New York Telegram

Serafin Leads 'Siegfried' Again at the Metropolitan

Florence Easton Appears for the Only Time This Season as Heroine

There must be rejoicing in heaven as well as upon earth over the splendid record of "Siegfried" at the Metropolitan this season - four performances, concluding yesterday with nothing less than a Monday night solemnity.

In the days when Jean de Reszke was there to sing the forest lad, "Siegfried" may well have been the best seller of them all, but latterly such has been by no means the case. The current achievement of the third "Ring" drama is altogether exceptional.

The reason is easily discovered in the conducting of Mr. Serafin - in his profound sympathy with the score, his feeling for its essential beauty, the judiciousness of his tempi, his wise restoration of many pages which, of recent years, it had been the custom to omit.

Then, too, the admirable conductor has been, for the most, part capably aided and abetted by the singing actors. From earlier casts one found last evening Mr. Laubenthal as Siegfried, Mr. Bloch as Mime, Mr Schützendorf as Alberich, and Mme Branzell as Erda, besides Mme. Fleischer and Mr Gustafson to voice unseen the sentences of Fafner and the Forest Bird respectively.

For the first time this season Mr. Whitehill assumed the duties of the Wanderer and Mme. Easton impersonated Brünnhilde awakened from her long slumber. Mr. Whitehill is master of the traditions of his role and of the grand manner which it demands, and few representatives of the "Siegfried" Brünnhilde have equaled Mme. Easton in the beauty, the poetic atmosphere, the musical sensitiveness and the vocal control of her interpretation.



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