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Varnay, Astrid

Works: 589 works in 1,272 publications in 5 languages and 6,287 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Biography  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Vocalist, Singer, Other, Commentator
Classifications: M1500.W13, 782.1
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Salome by Richard Strauss ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in German and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Film version of Strauss' opera
Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tale of the young poet and his tragic life and death during the French Revolution
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
64 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lohengrin: a romantic opera in three acts. Jess Thomas, tenor Elisabeth Grummer,soprano Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,baritone Christa Ludwig,mezzo-soprano Gottlob Frick, bass Otto Wiener,bass Chorus of theVienna State Opera, Rudolf Kempe, conductor. Libretto and notes included
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Elektra a tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in German and English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Electra is an outcast, unable to forget the murder of father Agamemnon by her mother Clytemnestra with the help of her lover Aegisthus. She waits for the day when her brother Orestes will avenge the murder. When news comes that Orestes is dead, Electra decides to avenge her father herself. But Orestes is not dead, and has returned to the palace in disguise. He kills Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. Electra dances in ecstasy, then falls dead to the floor
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner ( )
13 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni ( Recording )
36 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This recording contains the complete operas sung in Italian. The book contains the complete text of the librettos with annotations in both English and Italian and a critical historical commentary. The text also includes the background of the composers, biographies of the principal singers and conductors
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
36 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
45 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The meeting of Sieglinde and Siegmund
Elektra by Richard Strauss ( Recording )
29 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in German and Undetermined and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead
Siegfried by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
24 editions published between 1952 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Ein Bühnenfestspiel für drei Tage und einen Vorabend Zweiter Tag: Siegfried: In drei Aufzügen
Diva 30 great prima donnas ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2000 in Italian and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
17 editions published between 1943 and 2005 in German and Undetermined and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lauritz Melchior heads a stellar cast in this remarkable broadcast of Wagner's Romantic opera. As the knightly title hero, he comes to the aid of Elsa (Astrid Varnay), the innocent young woman accused of murdering her brother by the evil Ortrud (Kerstin Thorborg) and her husband, the scheming Telramund (Alexander Sved). Norman Cordon sings King Henry, and Erich Leinsdorf conducts.This performance is taken from the CD box set Wagner at The Met, released by Sony Classical
Elektra by Richard Strauss ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clytemnestra, Queen of Thebes, has murdered her husband Agamemnon with the help of her lover Aegisthus. Elektra, her daugther, spirits her brother Orestes away to a foreign country, until the day comes when they can exact a terrible revenge upon the murderers
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1952 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Der Ring des Nibelungen orchestral excerpts = selection orchestrale = Orchesterstücke by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
31 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
7 grote scenes uit Richard Wagner's: "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
The Fabulous forties at the Met ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1969 in Italian and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Icon Montserrat Caballé by Montserrat Caballé ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in Italian and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Wagner Götterdämmerung : Bayreuth 1951 by Richard Wagner ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1999 in German and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lord Byron's love letter Opera in 1 act by Raffaello de Banfield ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Melani, Ines 1918-2006 Pseudonym
Varnay, Astrid Ibolyka Maria
Varnay, Astrid Ibolyka Maria, 1918-2006
Varnay, Ibolyka Astrid Maria.
Varnay, Ibolyka Astrid Maria, 1918-2006
Varnay, Ibolyka Maria
Varney, Astrid.
Varney, Astrid, 1918-2006
Weigert, Astrid 1918-2006 Wirklicher Name
German (271)
Italian (31)
English (22)
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