Remembering Leonie Rysanek

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Leonie Rysanek as the Empress and Ruth Hesse as the Nurse in 'Die frau ohne schatten' at the San Francisco Opera House. Leonie Rysanek as the Empress and Ruth Hesse as the Nurse in 'Die frau ohne schatten' at the San Francisco Opera House. (Ron Scherl/Redferns/Getty)

The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt returns on Saturdays in January with Voigt presenting an hour of music and commentary exploring the world of opera from a soprano’s point of view. She’ll also pay tribute to a “Diva of the Day,” beginning this week with Voigt’s late friend and colleague, Leonie Rysanek. The program includes excerpts of Rysanek’s performances in The Flying Dutchman, La forza del destino and Die frau ohne schatten.

Program playlist:

La Clemenza di Tito K. 621: "Vengo... Aspettate... Sesto!"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alex Pendatchanska, soprano; Sergio Foresti, bass; Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo
Rene Jacobs, conductor
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

La forza del destino: "Pace, pace mio dio"
Giuseppe Verdi
Leonie Rysanek, soprano
Arturo Basile, conductor
Uncredited Orchestra

Hansel und Gretel: "Nun; Jungelchen"
Engelbert Humperdinck
Christa Ludwig, mezzo
Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
Munich Radio Orchestra

Rusalka: "Abracadabra!"
Antonin Dvorak
Dolora Zajick, mezzo
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Macbeth: "Witches’ Chorus"
Giuseppe Verdi
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Bologna Community Theater Chorus and Orchestra

Carmen: "Votre toast, je peux vous le render"
Georges Bizet
Bryn Terfel, baritone
Barry Wordsworth, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Der Fliegende Hollander: "Senta’s Ballad"
Richard Wagner
Leonie Rysanek, soprano
Thomas Schippers, conductor
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

L'Italiana In Algeri: "Pria di dividerci"
Gioacchino Rossini
Kathleen Battle, soprano; Marilyn Horne, mezzo; Clara Foti, mezzo; Ernesto Palacio, tenor; Samuel Ramey, bass; Nicola Zaccaria, bass
Claudio Scimone, conductor
I Solisti Veneti; Coro Filarmonico di Praga

Romeo et Juliette: "Ah! Je veux vivre dans le reve"
Charles Gounod
Eleanor Steber, soprano
Jean Paul Morel, conductor
RCA Victor Orchestra

Romeo et Juliette: "Ah! Je veux vivre dans le reve"
Charles Gounod
Edita Gruberova, soprano
Gustav Kuhn, conductor
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra

Die Frau ohne Schatten: "Vater, bist du’s?"
Richard Strauss
Leonie Rysanek, soprano
Karl Bohm, conductor
Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Die Zauberflote: "Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo; Bryn Terfel, baritone
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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