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Behrens, Hildegard

Works: 327 works in 1,218 publications in 7 languages and 13,303 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Live sound recordings  Operas  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Vocalist, Other, sop, Actor, Musician
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Hildegard Behrens
Most widely held works by Hildegard Behrens
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

64 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,018 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 : opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

56 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 955 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 by Alban Berg( )

31 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 797 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
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Visual )

45 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features James Morris, Mari-Anne Haggander and Chris Ludwig in the Met's acclaimed production
Wozzeck : opera in three acts and fifteen scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

53 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 691 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
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

52 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 627 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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

38 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 591 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 )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 580 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
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Visual )

35 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this final segment of the "Ring cycle," Wagner brings the double tragedy of Wotan and Siegfried full circle. Brunnhilde declares that Wotan is all-powerful and everlasting. With helmet and gleaming armour, she rides through the air leading a resurrected Siegfried by the hand. Siegfried is reconciled with Wotan, and society is cured of its ills
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Visual )

29 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third opera in the "Ring cycle." Siegfried follows the adventures of the son of demigods Siegmund and Sieglinde as he conquers his enemies and rescues the beauteous Brunnhilde with the help of his magic sword
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Visual )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in German and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Metropolitan Opera's stage production of Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen
Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber( )

34 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 430 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)
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 413 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
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in German and Undetermined and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the only Met broadcast the legendary Birgit Nilsson sang with conductor Georg Solti. Wagner's revolutionary music drama requires performers of exceptional vocal and dramatic abilities, and since Nilsson's 1950 Met debut in the role, there was no soprano who could match her as the fiery Irish princess. Isolde is forced into marrying the aging King Marke (Jerome Hines), but her soul belongs to Tristan (Karl Liebl). Solti brings out the seething passion and otherworldly intensity in a masterful rendering of the score. Irene Dalis is Isolde's companion Brangäne
Idomeneo : W.A. Mozart's opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

23 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in Italian and held by 366 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( )

31 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 330 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
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

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

Der Fliegende Holländer = The flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner( Visual )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 289 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
Nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz( )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 279 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 )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in German and English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
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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

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Wozzeck : opera in three acts and fifteen scenesIdomeneo : W.A. Mozart's opera in three acts