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Rysanek, Leonie

Works: 476 works in 1,508 publications in 6 languages and 12,330 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Live sound recordings  Operas  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Music videos  Television adaptations  Art music  Music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Instrumentalist, Other, Commentator, Honoree, Interviewee, sop, Musician, Vocalist
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Leonie Rysanek
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

110 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,249 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 )

94 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 970 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
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

71 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 858 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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( Visual )

44 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 565 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
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

55 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Act II. A ground-floor hall in the castle; a door leads to the garden. Iago continues his plan: he suggests to Cassio to ask Desdemona to intercede in his favour with Otello. In a monologue, Iago describes his cynical view of life, then he plants the seeds of jealousy in the Moor's soul, leading him to suspect that there is a secret love between Cassio and Desdemona. Thus, when the woman, arriving from the garden, tries to intercede for the degraded captain, Otello's jealousy is enflamed, and he brusquely refuses the request. Once again, Iago insinuates having heard some compromising words murmured by Cassio in his sleep, and, having obtained with the help of his wife Emilia a handkerchief that Otello had given to his young wife, affirms having seen it in Cassio's hands. For Otello, this is proof enough. He vows terrible revenge
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

61 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 504 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 469 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( )

60 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 462 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
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner( )

15 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček( )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Czech and Undetermined and held by 340 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
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera in one act; sung in German
Die Ägyptische Helena by Richard Strauss( )

12 editions published between 1956 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deborah Voigt brings sumptuous vocalism and dramatic presence to the title role of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's re-imagination of the Helen myth. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the story is based on the premise that the Helen who came to Troy was a phantom, while the real, faithful one was spirited away. After the war, she is reunited with her husband, Menelas, sung by Torsten Kerl. Diana Damrau is Aithra, the sorceress who helps Helen regain Menelas's love, and Wolfgang Brendel sings Altair, a desert chieftain who falls in love with Helen. Fabio Luisi conducts the ravishing score
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi( )

5 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the opera that made Verdi famous overnight, performed here with the all-star cast that introduced the work to the Met shortly before this broadcast. Thomas Schippers' superb conducting galvanized the Met orchestra and chorus, to say nothing of the magnificent soloists, headed by Cornell MacNeil as the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, who loses his throne to his demented, scheming daughter, played by a blazing Leonie Rysanek. Majestic bass Cesare Siepi is the high priest Zaccaria. The opera is still a rarity and this rendition is legendary
The flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner( Recording )

13 editions published between 1961 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss( Recording )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solists : RIE Staatskapelle Dresden ; Rudolf Kempe, con
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in German and Undetermined and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Opernzenen by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau( )

2 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in German and English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clytemnestra, Queen of Thebes, has murdered her husband with the help of her lover Aegisthus. Electra, her daughter, has taken her younger brother Orestes to a place of safety in a foreign country, where he is brought up to be the avenger of his father. While the palace residents (including Chrysothemis, Electra's sister) have come to terms with the new situation, Electra alone keeps the memory of her father's murder alive, waiting for the day of retribution
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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


German (409)

Italian (102)

English (32)

Czech (11)

Latin (5)

French (2)