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Subject: Re: Rysanek and Brunnhilde
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:54:25 -0400
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A snippet of Rysanek's *Götterdämmerung* Brünnhilde exists as part of the
score for the 1955 film *Magic Fire*:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH3pLACsBMM.

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 9:34 PM, Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> 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?
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> BCCLS.ORG] On Behalf Of Bob Rideout
> Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:58 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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.
>
> Bob
>
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