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Subject: Rysanek and Brunnhilde
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:34:00 -0400

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I'm actually getting confused about this now--I have seen references to Rysanek's sole Brunnhilde at Innsbruck, but I have also seen clear statements that she never sang the role. In one interview she said, "It was very early offered to me to sing Brunnhilde, Isolde, Salome. I said 'Not until I'm 40." By the time she was 40 she had thought better of the idea, although she of course did later sing Salome. In another interview (with Bruce Duffie) she explained that "I would not sing Brünnhilde in Valkyrie....The only Brünnhilde I would have loved to sing would be in Götterdämmerung.  I never did, and it's now too late."

The references to her Brunnhilde, by the way, are on websites; in published books I have largely found denials that she sang it (or at least, only references to her many Sieglindes). Not that paper is necessarily more reliable than HTML, but...

So anyone know for sure? 

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Rideout
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:58 PM
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Subject: Double Duty

Not on the same evening, of course, but Leonie Rysanek, who sang Sieglinde about a bazillion times, also sang the Walkuere Brunnhilde at the outset of her career, I believe at Innsbruck around 1950. but that could be wrong.

And so began and ended her career as Wagner's greatest heroine!
Alpha and Omega.


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