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Subject: Re: Rysanek and Brunnhilde
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:42:15 -0400
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Les Mitnick wrote:

"Had she chosen to follow this "hochdramatichesopran" repertoire, would she have been able 
to sustain it?  Would her career have lasted as long as it did?"

Rysanek herself said in an interview in the 1990s that she was NOT (emphasis hers) a 
"hochdramatischesopran" and that it would not have been good for her voice or her career to 
sing the big Wagner roles.  She said in the same interview that she always wanted to sing 
Isolde, but that Karl Bohm, one of her mentors, was adamantly opposed to this and told her 
that if she sang Isolde, "You will no more sing my Kaiserin."

Smart lady.  She knew her limits.  Also knew that just because she had huge top notes, that 
did not make her a full dramatic soprano.

MDW

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