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Varnay, Astrid

Works: 620 works in 1,747 publications in 7 languages and 11,464 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Chamber operas  Excerpts  Filmed operas  Film adaptations  Librettos  Art music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Vocalist, Commentator, Musician
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( )

144 editions published between 1943 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,035 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( )

38 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 742 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( )

57 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 622 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 )

95 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 610 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
Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano( Recording )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tale of the young poet and his tragic life and death during the French Revolution
Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

72 editions published between 1952 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 512 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
Die Walküre Act 3 by Richard Wagner( )

18 editions published between 1951 and 2008 in German and French and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

36 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 396 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
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

31 editions published between 1953 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 336 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( )

29 editions published between 1954 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 326 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 )

85 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded from the broadcast performance of 6th December 1941
Cavalleria rusticana : highlights by Pietro Mascagni( )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus der Tyrann by Carl Orff( )

8 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in German and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sofokles' tragedie bearbejdet af Friedrich Hölderlin
Opera scenes and orchestral songs by Astrid Varnay( )

6 editions published in 2003 in 3 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Astrid Varnay sings Wagner by Richard Wagner( )

9 editions published between 1956 and 1965 in German and Undetermined and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in German and English and held by 229 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
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

51 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Recording )

52 editions published between 1952 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the third of the four Ring operas, we meet the hero Siegfried (Stig Andersen in his Met debut). Taking possession of the magic ring and the powerful Tarnhelm, he sets in motion the final events of Wagner's epic story that eventually lead to the end of the gods' rule. Jane Eaglen sings Brünnhilde, James Morris is the Wanderer and Graham Clark gives a memorable performance as Mime. James Levine conducts the spectacular Met Orchestra
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

33 editions published between 1953 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For many, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is the supreme operatic statement of the enduring power of love--even in the face of impossible obstacles. In this broadcast, German maestro Rudolf Kempe takes the podium to lead the towering score, which includes many of the composer's most sensual, engrossing, and riveting musical moments. Two legendary Swedish artists sing the illicit title lovers. Tenor Set Svanholm--who gave more than 130 performances over the course of his decade-long Met career--is the noble yet conflicted warrior Tristan, opposite incandescent soprano Astrid Varnay as Isolde. The all-star cast also features the King Marke of bass Jerome Hines, soprano Blanche Thebom as Isolde's companion Brangäne, Josef Metternich as Kurwenal, and a young James McCracken as Melot
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Astrid Varnay

Astrid Varnay Amerikaans muzikante (1918-2006)

Astrid Varnay amerikanische Opernsängerin ungarischer Abstammung

Astrid Varnay cantante estadounidense

Astrid Varnay chanteuse américaine

Astrid Varnay soprano dramàtica nascuda a Suècia

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

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