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Wagner Week: A Dozen Definitive Wagner Interpreters

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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)