In the role of Freia, the goddess of youth, Julie Adams turned in a stellar performance. When Adams first entered the stage to remonstrate with Wotan, dragged by the giants as their price for constructing Valhalla, she sang as if shot out of a cannon—incisive, urgent, and well-projected. Particularly notable was the tone she mustered as she chirped “Am I worth so great a ransom?” while lying on the floor beneath a pile of “gold.”

-John Masko

Parterre Box