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Varnay, Astrid

Works: 498 works in 1,595 publications in 6 languages and 10,680 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Nonfiction films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fantasy films 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Commentator, Vocalist, Musician
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Recording )

140 editions published between 1943 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 876 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
Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni( )

34 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 635 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 Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( )

60 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El anillo del nibelungo en alemán, es un ciclo de cuatro óperas épicas, basadas libremente en figuras y elementos de la mitología germánica, particularmente las Sagas islandesas. Estas operas son, El oro del Rin (Das Rheingold), La valquiria (Die Walküre), Sigfrido (Siegfried) y El ocaso de los dioses (Götterdämmerung)
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Recording )

84 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sometimes legendary performers exceed their reputations to produce an operatic event for the ages. This was one of those afternoons when it all came together. The blazing intensity starts with conductor Fritz Reiner and the Met orchestra in the famous overture. And with two of the greatest singing actors of the 20th century--Hans Hotter and Astrid Varnay--as the tormented Flying Dutchman and Senta, the passionate young woman determined to save him from his fate, the drama just continues to escalate
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

70 editions published between 1952 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary Astrid Varnay gives a spectacular performance in the title role of Strauss's one-act masterpiece. Obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Elektra is blind to the longings of her sister, Chrysothemis (Walburga Wegner), for a peaceful life. She taunts her mother, Klytämnestra (Elisabeth Höngen), with the gruesome fantasy of a bloody death at Elektra's hands. But Varnay's nuanced portrayal of Elektra's tortured soul is at its most gripping in the tender moments of reunion with her brother Orest (Paul Schöffler). The great Fritz Reiner conducts a rich, dramatic performance
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

34 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Herod Antipas of Judaea is living in unlawful union with Herodias, the wife of his brother whom he caused to be murdered; now he lusts after Salome, the daughter of Herodias
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner( )

16 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

41 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 361 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
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

26 editions published between 1953 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles--the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning the princess's advances. The legendary Astrid Varnay is Salome's mother, Herodias. Highlights of the score include the Dance of the Seven Veils and Salome's final monologue, one of the supreme dramatic achievements in all of opera
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner( )

26 editions published between 1954 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Wagner's groundbreaking early masterpiece, the splendid Ramón Vinay sings Tannhäuser, the man and artist torn between love of the sensual and the innocent kind, embodied by the sensational Astrid Varnay as Venus and the radiant Margaret Harshaw as the saintly Elisabeth. George Szell leads a superb cast that also includes George London's Wolfram and Jerome Hines's Landgrave. The 23-year-old Roberta Peters delivers an unexpected star turn as the Shepherd Boy
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

89 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's powerful and wrenching tale of ill-fated love requires a cast of great singing actors, and that's just what this broadcast provides. Jon Vickers and Régine Crespin are the brother and sister who fall rapturously in love, only to be torn apart by death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title who is punished by her father (the magnificent Theo Adam as Wotan) for doing what he really wants her to do. Herbert von Karajan conducts his final Met performance
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

47 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Cavalleria rusticana : highlights by Pietro Mascagni( )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This historic broadcast captures the U.S. premiere of Stravinsky's landmark opera. Legendary conductor Fritz Reiner leads an extraordinary cast, headed by Eugene Conley as Tom Rakewell, the young man whose sudden inheritance leads to his downfall and the loss of his beloved, Anne Trulove, sung by the great Hilde Güden. Mack Harrell is Nick Shadow, Tom's Mephistophelian mentor and guide on his journey to dissolution. Blanche Thebom sings Baba the Turk and Norman Scott is Anne's father, Trulove
Astrid Varnay sings Wagner by Richard Wagner( )

9 editions published between 1956 and 1965 in German and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Recording )

48 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one of the legendary performances from the Met's vast archive of historic broadcasts. The incomparable Lauritz Melchior stars in the title role of the young hero who sets out to explore the world--killing the fierce dragon Fafner (Eduard Habich) and the evil dwarf Mime (Karl Laufkötter) along the way. When Wotan (the great Friedrich Schorr) tries to stop him, Siegfried uses his sword to break the god's spear and makes his way to the sleeping Brünnhilde (a radiant Kirsten Flagstad). He awakens her with a kiss--and sets in motion the events that, in the following opera, will bring about the end of the world. Kerstin Thorborg co-stars as Erda and Artur Bodanzky conducts
Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny = Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny by Kurt Weill( Visual )

6 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's every man for himself in the newly founded city of Mahagonny, devoted to life's illicit pleasures, where anything goes and the only crime is to run out of money
Icon : Montserrat Caballé by Montserrat Caballé( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Italian and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hab mir's gelobt : 55 Jahre in fünf Akten und einem Prolog : Memoiren einer Opernkarriere by Astrid Varnay( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty-five years in five acts : my life in opera by Astrid Varnay( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this memoir, Varnay reflects on her remarkable life in opera, discussing her signature roles and performances, vocal preparation and technique, interpretive acting style, and her seamless transition from leading soprano to character roles, including her switch from Elektra to Klytämnestra in Strauss's Elektra. Her fascinating account is filled with frank, often critical observations about many of the most significant vocal artists, conductors, and directors of the twentieth century. She describes her lifelong friendship with her operatic idol, Kirsten Flagstad, the years at the Met and conflicts with Rudolf Bing, her appearances at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, and her artistic rift with Herbert von Karajan."--Jacket
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Fifty-five years in five acts : my life in opera
Alternative Names
Astrid Varnay Amerikaans muzikante (1918-2006)

Astrid Varnay amerikanische Opernsängerin ungarischer Abstammung

Astrid Varnay soprano svedese

Ibolyka Astrid Maria Varnay

Melani, Ines 1918-2006

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

Астрид Варнай американская оперная певица венгерского происхождения

אסטריד ורניי זמרת אמריקאית


German (531)

English (37)

Italian (29)

French (2)

Danish (2)

Spanish (1)

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