Antonio Pappano and Marilyn Horne on Favorite Wagnerians
Friday, April 12, 2013
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