Antonio Pappano, the outspoken music director of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, joins us today to talk about his first confrontation with Wagner's Siegfried.
Also: Marilyn Horne uncovers operatic gold, talking about her favorite Wagnerian singers of the past -- from Lotte Lehmann to Ernestine Schumann-Heink.
Plus: in the latest installment of our "SuperOperavore" series -- those fans, devotees and true believers with a passion for opera -- we meet Damon Bristo, a VP and artist manager at Columbia Artists Management.
And finally: Fred Plotkin makes his debut as the "Opera Swami," answering listener questions.
Marilyn Horne on her encounter with Lotte Lehmann
Horne on the Austrian-American contralto, Ernestine Schumann-Heink:
Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold Act I
Recorded 17 July 1929
Prima Voce Nimbus Records NI 7811
Wagner: Die Walküre Act II
“Hinweg! Hinweg! Flieh die Entweihte!” **
Bruno Walter, conductor
Sieglinde: Lotte Lehmann
EMI Classics 7 64255 2
“Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich”
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Brünnhilde: Eileen Farrell
Prelude to Act II
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine, conductor