Leonie Rysanek

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

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”

Comments [7]

David A. Johnson from Union, NJ

Would it be possible to have a weekly presentation of George Jellinek's broadcasts? A few years back, WQXR did a series called 'Vocal Gold,' which was a presentation of past Vocal Scene broadcasts. It would be much appreciated, by myself as well as many other fans of the Vocal Scene, if WQXR could make Vocal Gold a regular feature. Mr. Jellinek made many, many programmes -- I used to listen when he was on the air in the afternoon, right after Adventures In Good Music and just before Duncan Pernie. Just keeping them locked up in storage seems a perfect waste.

Jul. 29 2010 01:01 PM
judy blum

These broadcasts are a treasure! It is criminal not to continue them for us all to enjoy - isn't August part of the summer, too?
And next year?

Jul. 28 2010 06:43 PM
Michael Garland from New York City

Thank you so much for these past two months of glorious Jellinek rebroadcasts. Let me add my voice to the listeners' below (and hopefully many others) to encourage you all at WQXR to find a way to continue sharing these invaluable programs for new audiences. There never was anyone else like George Jellinek - for breadth of knowledge, good humor, good taste, enthusiasm and courtliness. A true class act and unequalled guide to vocal music. Please, please continue these programs.

Jul. 26 2010 07:58 PM
Allen B. Weisse

As a long term supporter of WQXR and fan of George Jellinek, I was entranced to hear him once again doing one of his interviews. Please schedule rebroadcasts more frequently than as summer "filler" as seems to be the case although better than nothing.

Jul. 25 2010 06:16 PM

i second the idea to schedule the vocal scene on thurs at 10pm--all of them. How else will a new generation learn about opera as i did in the 70's. Wqxr will need these listener's someday too. Protect the station's future.

Jul. 25 2010 01:28 AM
mike from new york ny

A splendid individual program and a wonderful series. Please find a way to repeat the best of George Jellinek ... on a continuing basis ...perhaps, eventually, at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, in permanent honor of Mr. Jellinek's achievements and exuberance for opera and ... the Vocal Scene.

Jul. 24 2010 01:09 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Though George Jellinek's guest Leonie Rysanek commented that the role of Senta in Der fliegende Hollander needs a youthful, not heroic, voice to give credence to her innocence and dreamy girlish nature. Between Ms. Rysanek and George London, the Dutchman it was a spectacular performance, thrilling. In those days the opera had much in the way of fans. After Schorr's "Met" career, Kirsten Flagstad was a notable Senta. But the other singers did not elicit much excitement. She sang in "Frau ohne Schatten" with Karl Bohm, conducting a fabulous cast including James King, Walter Berry, and Birgit Nilsson. Leonie admits that her voice was a Richard Strauss, not Wagnerian, soprano with a softness of timbre. She never undertook the Brunnhildes or Isolde, the true hreroic soprano roles. She sang all three roles in Electra at different occasions, naturally. A warm personality, like a Teutonic Tebaldi! She died at age 71.

Jul. 24 2010 12:58 PM

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