Leonie Rysanek

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The Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek sang at the Metropolitan Opera over more than 35 seasons and, even though she was from Vienna, she called the Met her operatic home.

In 1996, Rysanek sang her last Met role, the Countess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. George interviewed her at that time for a Met intermission broadcast and for The Vocal Scene and he described the session as “a joyous occasion.”

Program Details

Verdi: Macbeth “Vieni! t’affretta”
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten “Ist mein Liebster dahin”
Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer “Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten?” (with George London)
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier “Da geht er hin, der aufgeblasene schlechte Kerl”
Puccini: Turandot “In questa reggia”