WorldCat Identities

Rysanek, Leonie

Works: 476 works in 1,493 publications in 9 languages and 10,542 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Live sound recordings  Televised operas  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  Television adaptations  Music videos 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Instrumentalist, Other, Commentator, per, Vocalist, Honoree, Musician, Interviewee, sop
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Leonie Rysanek
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

70 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark, daunting role of Lady Macbeth requires a great singing actress to bring to life everything Verdi--and Shakespeare--wrote. Shortly before this broadcast, the Viennese soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Met debut in the role--and right away became a legend. The intensity of her soaring soprano and her charismatic stage presence made her a beloved favorite of the New York audience for almost 40 years. With the great Verdi baritone Leonard Warren in the title role and Carlo Bergonzi and Jerome Hines also in the cast, this Macbeth is one for the ages
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

110 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 838 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
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

93 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's drama of overwhelming love and devastating loss has seldom been so vividly brought to life as with this all-star cast of great singing actors. The electrifying combination of Jon Vickers and Leonie Rysanek, as twins who fall in love, is legendary. Birgit Nilsson, the defining Brünnhilde of her generation, gives one of her most touching performances as the daughter of a god who cannot withstand the power of human love. With the great Christa Ludwig as Fricka, and Thomas Stewart's gripping portrayal of Wotan, the unraveling god, this is not to be missed
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power and radiance of the Lohengrin score express Wagner's deeply held belief that love is essentially mystical. The frail and lovely Elsa of Brabant is accused of murdering her own brother, but God sends a mysterious knight, Lohengrin, to defend her honor
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

54 editions published between 1960 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story: Act I. The action unfolds on Cyprus, under Venetian rule in the 16th century. The scene is outside the castle, residence of Otello, governor of the island, facing the port. It is night. A furious storm churns the sea, and a crowd of Venetian citizens and soldiers helplessly watch while the ship of the Moor Otello desperately tries to make it into port. Only Iago, one of Otello's men, does not participate in the general apprehension for the safety of his leader: he hates Otello, because Otello has promoted Cassio captain instead of him; he meditates revenge. The crowd is jubilant as Otello finally lands safely and announces that the Turkish fleet has been defeated. When the Moor enters the castle, the fireworks start and all drink to his victory. In the midst of the rejoicing, Iago starts to weave the scheme that will lead to his commander's downfall: he treacherously insinuates to Roderigo, who had revealed to Iago his love for Otello's wife, Desdemona, that Captain Cassio also feels the same affection for the woman. Then Iago gets Cassio drunk, and incites a fight between the two men, but the dangerous duel that starts between them is stopped by Montano. However, the peacemaker is wounded by Cassio. Iago sounds the alarm, swelling the episode out of proportion until the crowd is in tumult. Called back by the shouts and noise, Otello, falsely informed by Iago, punishes Cassio and demotes him. This is a first victory for Iago, who exults
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

46 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 472 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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

61 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the great broadcasts in Met history, this performance of Strauss's stunning one-act drama truly deserves the adjective "legendary." The incomparable Birgit Nilsson delivers a searing portrayal of the title heroine, the Greek princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Agamemnon. A passionate Leonie Rysanek is her sister, Chrysothemis, who longs for a normal life and begs Elektra to give up her fixation. Thomas Stewart sings Orest, their brother, and Jean Madeira, in her final Met appearance, gives a chilling performance as Klytämnestra, Elektra's mother. Strauss friend and protégé Karl Böhm conducts with unmatched authority and passion
Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 467 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
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner( )

15 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček( )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Czech and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steva, a handsome young man, has inherited the family mill from his dead parents. His half brother Laca, envious of this and the fact that Jenufa is smitten with Steva, slashes her cheeks with a knife, scarring her permanently
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the violent revenge of Elektra, mourning the murder of her father by his wife and her lover
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Recording )

59 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner pulled out all the stops in his retelling of the ancient tale of the Flying Dutchman, using the orchestra to paint the scenes vividly in music. At one moment it is a raging storm at sea, the next it lets us experience the magic of two people falling irrevocably in love. Cornell MacNeil, in one of very few German roles he ever sang, is the dark and tortured Dutchman condemned to sail the seas until he find true love. An incandescent Leonie Rysanek, with her unique mix of erotic longing and spiritual bliss, reminds us why Senta was one of her greatest roles
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Herodias' daughter, Salome, and John the Baptist
Operatic arias by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

9 editions published between 1958 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A recital of Italian arias
The flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner( Recording )

13 editions published between 1961 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Recording )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solists : RIE Staatskapelle Dresden ; Rudolf Kempe, con
Te Deum for soprano and tenor, mixed choir, organ and large orchestra, op. 32 (1921) by Walter Braunfels( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in Latin and Undetermined and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

38 editions published between 1839 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 161 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
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

21 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in German and Undetermined and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Richard Wagner erscheint bei GoyaLiT sein Meisterwerk "Der Ring des Nibelungen" als Ein-Mann-Hörspiel. Mit seinem Live-Hörspiel-Format Kaminski ON AIR inszeniert Stefan Kaminski das monumentale Meisterwerk um Macht, Liebe, Gier, Rache und die Abgründe der menschlichen Gesellschaft modern und klassisch zugleich. Voller Aberwitz und Komik, sogar Slapstick, dann wieder mit tiefer Tragik in zarten Momenten knapp über der Stille und herrlichem Pathos führt dieser Vierteiler ungebremst in die Apokalypse. Von Musikern begleitet schlüpft der Ausnahmesprecher selbst in alle Rollen, spricht Riesen und Zwerge, Frauen und Männer, Götter und Herrscher, Geliebte und außergewöhnliche Helden. Musik, Atmosphäre und Geräuschmaterial werden live gespielt und erzeugt. "Man sollte den Stoff am besten in groben Zügen kennen, dann nämlich hat man besonders viel Spaß an den Verfremdungen. Kaminskis Ring-Version hat viele parodistische Elemente, macht sich aber nie lustig. Und bei allen klanglichen Unterschieden: Textlich bleibt er nah bei Wagner, durchsetzt die Geschichte dazu mit einer gehörigen Portion Moderne - und mit Zitaten aus Shakespeares "Hamlet" oder Tolkiens "Herr der Ringe". Jeder der vier Teile klingt anders: Das sphärische Rheingold wird gefolgt von der erdig-dumpfen Walküre voller Tuba- und Cello-Klängen, während Siegfried an vielen Stellen wie ein 80er-Jahre-Neue-Deutsche-Welle-Pop-Musical daherkommt" (
Highlights from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

6 editions published between 1961 and 1965 in 3 languages and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.45 (from 0.32 for Highlights ... to 0.99 for Rysanek, L ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Alternative Names
Gausmann, Leonie Rysanek-.

Leonie Rysanek artiste lyrique

Leonie Rysanek austerriksk songar

Leonie Rysanek Oostenrijks zanger

Leonie Rysanek Oostenrijks zangeres

Leonie Rysanek österreichische Opernsängerin (Sopran)

Leonie Rysanek österrikisk sångare

Leonie Rysanek østerriksk sanger

Leonie Rysanek østrigsk sanger

Leonie Rysanek Singer

Leonie Rysanek soprano austriaco


Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie.

Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie 1926-1998

Rysanek, L.

Rysanek, L. (Leonie)

Rysanek, Leopoldine.

Ryzanek, Leonie

Ризанек, Леони

ליאוני ריזאנק