To close the week of all-things Wagner, WQXR brings you the most definitive Wagner interpreters. From 8 am to 7 pm, we offer 12 Wagnerian conductors and performers from various recordings. From conductor Arturo Toscanini to soprano Kirsten Flagstad, here are some of the most important Wagner interpreters of the recordings era.
Our Definitive Dozen Wagner Interpreters, are arranged alphabetically, not by air times. Please consult our playlists for specific details on recordings. We will be updating this list later with fuller information on the performers.
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano
Hans Hotter, bass-baritone
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
James Levine, conductor
Max Lorenz, tenor
Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Birgit Nilsson, soprano
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
George Szell, conductor
Arturo Toscanini, conductor
Jon Vickers, tenor
Who are your favorite Wagner interpreters? Leave your picks below and we'll be reading some of them on air today.
Today's Operavore Highlights
Our fourth and final Ring Cycle presentation, with all recent recordings!
8 am Das Rheingold (Barenboim/Staatskapelle Dresden)
10:30 pm Die Walkure (Gergiev/Mariinsky Theatre)
2:30 pm Siegfried (Luisi/Metropolitan Opera)
6:00 pm Gotterdamerung (Janowski/Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra)