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Rysanek, Leonie

Overview
Works: 478 works in 1,529 publications in 7 languages and 12,457 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, Vocalist, Interviewee, Musician, sop
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Leonie Rysanek
Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss( Recording )

112 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,250 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 )

95 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 968 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 855 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 : opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

54 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 588 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

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( )

62 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 513 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
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( )

61 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 508 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
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 504 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 )

31 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 471 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 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček( )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in Czech and Undetermined and held by 339 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 285 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 241 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 240 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 232 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

The great Jessye Norman is Ariadne, the mythological heroine abandoned by her lover on the island of Naxos. In Strauss and Hofmannsthal's charming opera-within-an-opera, she is joined by Ruth Ann Swenson as Zerbinetta, the flirtatious leader of a commedia dell'arte troupe that--by order of an eccentric patron--unexpectedly finds itself in the middle of Ariadne's tragic story. Thomas Moser sings Bacchus, the young god who wins Ariadne, and Susanne Mentzer is the Composer of the fictional opera. Wagnerian bass-baritone Thomas Stewart makes a late-career cameo appearance as the Music Master
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
Der fliegende Holländer : highlights by Richard Wagner( )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in German and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opernzenen by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau( )

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

 
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Gausmann, Leonie Rysanek-.

Leonie Rysanek artiste lyrique

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Leonie Rysanek österreichische Opernsängerin (Sopran)

Leonie Rysanek österrikisk sångare

Leonie Rysanek østerriksk sanger

Leonie Rysanek østrigsk sanger

Leonie Rysanek singer

Leonie Rysanek soprano austriaco

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Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie.

Rysanek-Gausmann, Leonie 1926-1998

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Rysanek, L. (Leonie)

Rysanek, Leopoldine.

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