Antonio Pappano and Marilyn Horne on Favorite Wagnerians

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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
“Weiche, Wotan
Recorded 17 July 1929
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
Orchestra/Conductor TBD
Prima Voce Nimbus Records NI 7811
Wagner: Die Walküre  Act II
 “Hinweg!  Hinweg! Flieh die Entweihte!” **
Vienna Philharmonic
Bruno Walter, conductor
Sieglinde:  Lotte Lehmann
EMI Classics 7 64255 2
Wagner Siegfried
“Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich”
Rochester Philharmonic
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Brünnhilde:  Eileen Farrell
MYTO Records
Wagner Siegfried
Prelude to Act II
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine, conductor