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Rysanek, Leonie

Works: 470 works in 1,350 publications in 8 languages and 9,339 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical settings  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Music  Motion picture music  Interviews  Overtures  Live sound recordings  Film and video adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Instrumentalist, Commentator, Other, per, Vocalist, Honoree, Interviewee
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Leonie Rysanek
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

111 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 862 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 )

77 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 662 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
Elektra opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

42 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Videocassette release of the opera by Richard Strauss based on Sophocles' play about the violent revenge of Elektra
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

49 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 506 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
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in German and English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the Swan Knight, who comes to rescue the falsely accused Elsa, stays to marry her, and then must leave her when she disobeys his warning not to question his name or lineage
Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

26 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 437 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
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Recording )

62 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 280 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
The flying Dutchman [opera in three acts] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

14 editions published between 1961 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book contains historical commentary by Robert Levine with a synopsis of the opera and a complete libretto
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

51 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macbeth and Banquo encounter three prophesying witches on their journey home from battle. Macbeth's ambitions are kindled by the witches' prediction that he will someday be king. In an effort to hasten the prophecy, he and Lady Macbeth plot the murders of those in the way. Under the strain of the heinous crimes, Lady Macbeth dies and Macbeth edges toward insanity. In the tragic climax, Macbeth is killed in a duel and Malcolm becomes king
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Recording )

51 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 233 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
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Recording )

17 editions published between 1960 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solists : RIE Staatskapelle Dresden ; Rudolf Kempe, con
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner( )

14 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra a tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in German and English and held by 221 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
Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

53 editions published between 1839 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 204 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
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in Italian and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jenůfa by Leoš Janček( Recording )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Czech and Undetermined and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Operatic arias by Leonie Rysanek( Recording )

9 editions published between 1958 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A recital of Italian arias
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in German and English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera in one act; sung in German
Highlights from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

6 editions published between 1961 and 1965 in 3 languages and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famous scenes by Richard Strauss( Recording )

3 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Gausmann, Leonie Rysanek-.


Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie.

Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie 1926-1998

Rysanek, L.

Rysanek, L. (Leonie)

Rysanek, Leopoldine.

Ryzanek, Leonie