ORCHESTRAL CONCERT Relayed from the Town Hall, Birmingham
THE BIRMINGHAM (B.B.C.) AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
(Conductors : ADRIAN BOULT and JOSEPH LEWIS )
JAMES HOWELL (Baritone) HAROLD Gray (Pianoforte)
(' THE TWILIGHT OF- THE GODS ')
From the Royal Opera House, Govent Garden
Siegfried RUDOLF LAUBENTHAL
Hagen IVAR ANDRESSEN
Gunther HERBERT JANSSEN
Alberich EDUARD HABICH
QIEGFRIED, the fear. less hero (Tenor), has won his bride, Briiimhilde (Soprano), but becomes the victim of a plot made by Gunther (Baritone), and Hagen, his half-brother (Bass). These two seek to win Briinnhilde as Gunther's bride. They give Siegfried a love-potion, which causes him to fall in love with Gunther's sister, Gutrune (Soprano). and to forget all about Briinnhilde.
He is to wed Gutrune if he will bring Briinnhilde from the mountain for Gunther. This he does.
Disguised as Gunther, he returns to Briinnhilde. and regarding her as a stranger, tears from her finger their betrothal ring, and in spite of her protests, carries her off. So runs Act I.
In Act II we find the dwarf Alberich (Baritone) exhorting his son Hagen to steal the ring. To them enters Siegfried, returning victorious with his prize.
He has now assumed his own form again; and when Brunnhilde sees him, she cries out that he is false to her.
Poor Siegfried remembers nothing of his love for her, and will not believe her. He swears his innocence, and goes off with Gutrune. Hagen insists that Siegfried, for his treachery, must be killed, and thus the Act ends.
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