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Subject: Elsa: Varnay's "Debut" Role
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:42:39 -0500
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In reading so much of beloved Wagnerians, I can't help but think of one of 
the more fascinating careers, that of Astrid Varnay.  Three days ago was 
the 76th anniversary of the date she was supposed to make her Metropolitan
Metropolitan Opera debut, as Elsa, opposite Melchior and company.  Of course, she'd already unexpectedly sang several other Wagnerian roles in the preceding weeks, but still.  

I was looking at the notices of her first Elsa and it really doesn't get much better than this review from "The World Telegram":

"Miss 
course, she'd already unexpectedly sang several other Wagnerian roles in the 
the preceding weeks, but still.  

I was looking at the notices of her first Elsa and it really doesn't get much be
better than this review from "The World Telegram":

"Miss Varnay Sings Elsa Role with Keen Awareness

Young Astrid Varnay last heard as Sieglinde and Brünnhilde, enrolled Elsa 
of Brabant on her Metropolitan score-card in last night's "Lohengrin.," the 
first of the season. Fresh-voiced and otherwise in fine control of the role's re
requirements, the troupe's latest Wagnerian recruit earned a fully deserved ov
ovation.

Miss Varnay inflected the part with keen awareness of all vocal and 
emotional nuance. Tones emerged with unsullied purity, sounding even 
freer and weightier than on both earlier occasions, and the phrasing was musicianly
musicianly in detail and contour.

The acting side came as naturally as to a veteran, probably a sign that 
when in doubt the company's new star lets her own good intuition be her 
guide. Anyway, from Elsa's piteous plea through the whole heaving cycle of 
moods, the portrait built up life-size to poignant reality. In fact. Elsa of 
Brabant and Astrid Varnay were artistically made for each other."

Hear, hear!



She was to make her debut 

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