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Behrens, Hildegard

Works: 343 works in 1,131 publications in 7 languages and 11,354 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Live sound recordings  Operas  Musical settings  Televised operas  Filmed operas  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  Art music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Vocalist, sop, Musician, Actor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Hildegard Behrens
Most widely held works by Hildegard Behrens
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

63 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

BEHRENS, Hildegard (soprano). BOHM, Karl-Walter (tenor). BALTSA, Agnes (mezzo-soprano). DAM, Jose van (bass-baritone). OCHMAN, Wieslaw (tenor). ANGERVO, Helja (contralto). VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. KARAJAN, Herbert von (conductor)
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

52 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franco Zeffirelli both stage-directed and designed the sets for this 1985 Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's romantic opera Tosca. The story revolves around the singer Floria Tosca (Hildegard Behrens), who is jealous of her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi (Placido Domingo). The corrupt police chief Scarpia (Cornell MacNeil) is after the escaped political prisoner Cesare Angelotti (James Courtney), who is friends with Mario. The treacherous Scarpia arrests Mario, Angelotti kills himself, and Tosca gets homicidal. Several murders and betrayals later, the conclusion involves Mario and Tosca before a firing squad in the dramatic final act. Conducted by Guiseppe Sinopoli
Wozzeck : an opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

46 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story encompasses the gruesome detail, horror, passion, and torment that characterized works of the German Expresionist movement. Wozzeck is an impoverished soldier driven insane by his manipulative superiors and his mistress' infidelity. In a jealous rage, he stabs her, then drowns when he tries to wash the blood from his hands
Wozzeck by Alban Berg( Recording )

30 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Levine, a longtime champion of this groundbreaking work, has conducted every Met performance of Wozzeck since 1974. He brings Berg's revolutionary score to dramatic life in this broadcast, leading an extraordinary cast headed by Christian Boesch and Hildegard Behrens. Boesch gives a heartbreaking performance as the poor, abused soldier of the title, and Behrens is stunning as his faithless and conflicted wife, Marie. Richard Cassilly sings the vain Drum Major who seduces her, and Ragnar Ulfung and Franz Mazura are the Captain and the Doctor, who mock and torture Wozzeck
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

51 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well loved team of Waltraud Meier and Placido Domingo join conductor Daniel Barenboim in a complete recording of Beethoven's intense and dramatic opera
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Visual )

40 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features James Morris, Mari-Anne Haggander and Chris Ludwig in the Met's acclaimed production
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in German and Undetermined and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's revolutionary score changed the world of music with its radical portrayal of an all-consuming passion that can only be fulfilled in death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Isolde, one of her greatest roles, in her second Met season. Karl Liebl is Tristan, the man she loves--and the best friend of the man she is forced to marry. Jerome Hines is the sorrowful King Marke and Irene Dalis sings Isolde's stalwart companion, Brangäne
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Visual )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in German and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An allegory telling the mythic tale of the battle for power between the Nibelung dwarfs, the giants and the gods
Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber( Recording )

33 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner said this early-Romantic gem was the most German of German operas. Its irresistible mix of colorful folklore, the spooky supernatural, a tender romance, and the passionate struggle between good and evil are all captured in Weber's tuneful and dramatic score. The cast in this rare U.S. performance is sensational: Sándor Kónya as our hero, the forester Max, who must win a shooting contest in order to marry his beloved Agathe (the ravishing Pilar Lorengar), despite the dark plotting of Caspar (Gerd Feldhoff)
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under James Levine's galvanizing leadership, this all-star cast realizes all the gripping emotion and drama of Strauss's masterpiece. Hildegard Behrens is searing in the title role, as the daughter obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. A sumptuous-voiced Deborah Voigt is her sister Chrysothemis, who longs only for a normal life as a mother and wife. It is their mother, Klytämnestra, (powerfully portrayed by Brigitte Fassbaender) and her husband Aegisth (James King) who must atone for the murder with their own lives--delivered by Oreste (Donald McIntyre), Agamemnon's exiled son
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's sumptuous and magical fairy tale receives an authoritative performance conducted by the great Karl Böhm, a protégé of the composer, in his last Met broadcast. The extraordinary cast is led by Leonie Rysanek as the Empress, the "woman without a shadow" of the title, who stars opposite James King as the ethereal Emperor, Walter Berry as the goodhearted Barak the Dyer, Ursula Schröder-Feinen as the hapless Dyer's Wife, and Mignon Dunn as the sinister Nurse
Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in Italian and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning home from the Trojan Wars during a storm, Idomeneo, the king of Crete, vows to sacrifice to Neptune in return for his own safety the first living creature he meets ashore. This turns out to be his own son Idamante and Idomeneo attempts to escape from fulfilling his vow
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in German and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is all about love--an overwhelming, all-consuming erotic love that will not be bound by law; and a father's deep love for a son he must sacrifice and a daughter he must discipline at a profound cost to himself. In this incandescent performance conducted by James Levine, James Morris's legendary Wotan is coupled with Hildegard Behrens's searing Brünnhilde, and Jessye Norman and Gary Lakes are the passionate Siegmund and Sieglinde. The great Christa Ludwig is Wotan's exacting wife Fricka
Nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz( )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Nuits d'été: Six mélodies pour mezzo-soprano et orchestre, op.7. Texte: Théophile Gautier / Herminie: Scène lyrique pour soprano et orchestre. Texte: Pierre Vieillard
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in German and English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Visual )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flying Dutchman is cursed, both the spectral ship and her Captain condemned, roaming the sea until Judgment Day. Every seven years the Dutchman is cast upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him, he will be released. Senta, unmarried daughter of captain Daland, is engaged to Erik, but she dreams of being the one who will be the Dutchman's salvation, who by her fidelity saves him
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Recording )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meeting of Siegfried with the dragon and with Brünnhilde
James King by James King( )

4 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Recording )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flying Dutchman is condemned to roam the seven seas for eternity, until he can find a woman who can redeem him through her unswerving love. James Morris's Dutchman is legendary--utterly commanding, beautifully sung, and revealing every bit of this character's inner torture and hope. The great Matti Salminen is Daland, a sea captain with a daughter he would like to marry off, and Hildegard Behrens is Senta, his daughter who longs to save the Dutchman. With conductor James Conlon making the Met orchestra another character in the drama, this is Wagnerian storytelling at its best
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Büchner, Georg, Cello with chamber orchestra Chamber orchestra music Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra Choruses, Secular (Men's voices) with orchestra Choruses, Secular (Women's voices) with orchestra Clytemnestra,--Queen of Mycenae Crime Electra--(Greek mythological figure) Flying Dutchman Gautier, Théophile, Heroes Iseult (Legendary character) Klingsor, Tristan, Leconte de Lisle, Live sound recordings Music--Computer network resources New York (State)--New York Nonets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2), double bass), Arranged Opera Operas Operas, Arranged Operas--Analysis, appreciation Operas--Excerpts Operas--Excerpts, Arranged Operas--Librettos Orchestral music Overtures Overtures (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), flute, horns (2), oboes (2)) Piano music (4 hands), Arranged Ring des Nibelungen (Wagner, Richard) Rondos (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)) Salome--(Biblical figure) Siegfried (Legendary character) Song cycles Songs, French Songs (High voice) with chamber orchestra Songs (High voice) with orchestra Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra String orchestra music Tristan (Legendary character) Tristan und Isolde (Wagner, Richard) Valkyries (Norse mythology) Vocal music Wilde, Oscar, Wind nonets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), flute, horns (2), oboes (2)) Wind nonets (Bassoons (3), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)), Arranged Wind octets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2), oboes (2)) Wind sextets (Bassoons (2), clarinets (2), horns (2)) Women heroes
Alternative Names
Hildegard Behrens artiste lyrique

Hildegard Behrens Duits zanger

Hildegard Behrens Duits zangeres

Hildegard Behrens German operatic soprano

Hildegard Behrens niemiecka śpiewaczka

Hildegard Behrens soprano tedesco

Гільдегард Беренс

Хильдегард Беренс немецкая оперная певица


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