[Met Performance] CID:110710
Siegfried {157}
Ring Cycle [53] Uncut
. Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/11/1932., Broadcast

(Broadcast (Act II)
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 11, 1932 Matinee Broadcast (Act II)


SIEGFRIED {157}
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Cycle [53] Uncut

Siegfried...............Lauritz Melchior
Brünnhilde..............Göta Ljungberg
Wanderer................Michael Bohnen
Erda....................Ernestine Schumann-Heink [Last performance]
Mime....................Hans Clemens
Alberich................Gustav Schützendorf
Fafner..................Siegfried Tappolet
Forest Bird.............Editha Fleischer

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

[Act II of Siegfried was broadcast from 3-4 pm on March 11, 1932]

Review by Olin Downes of the New York Times:

The crowning scene of the opera is not the final scene, where the lovers, aroused to their happy lot, bawl their glee to the heavens, but the first scene of the last act-the last meeting of Wotan and Erda; the fateful words that pronounce the end; the coming of Siegfried, and the shattering of Wotan's spear....

The effect of the incommensurable passage of yesterday was due above all to Mme. Schumann-Heink's strange and mystical delivery of the prophecy of Erda. Her opening lines were those of a great artist gaining control of her resources. Thereafter, music and text were projected with an eloquence that took the breath away. The characteristic difference between the middle and upper registers of the voice, demanding special consideration in its employment, was utilized with inspired mastery to achieve effects of peculiar eeriness. And at this moment all elements in the performance fused. Mr. Bodanzky's orchestra taking an unearthly pallor, suddenly replacing the tumultuous splendor of the music of the god and the mountaintop with the one possible tonal background. Because of these things, no other artist in the cast, through the afternoon, so held and captured the imagination of the audience as did Mme. Schumann-Heink - an effect achieved by knowledge and imagination embodied in the tone and in every syllable of the text she delivered so memorably.



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