Strauss Week on Operavore

Hear complete Strauss operas all week on the Operavore stream.

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 12:00 AM

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Composer Richard Strauss at 22 years old and Strauss in his later years. Composer Richard Strauss at 22 years old and Strauss in his later years.

From June 9-13, WQXR is celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Richard Strauss's birth by playing two of his operas each day starting at 10 am on the Operavore stream. His official birthday is June 11.

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Strauss created a body of unforgettable operas that have long been fixtures of the repertoire. His music is often demanding and for that reason he didn't see immediate success. However, when Salome premiered in 1905, Strauss was hailed a new modernist voice in opera. The narrative was as compelling as the music, and featured a stunning femme fatale.

In 1908, Strauss produced a daring opera called Elektra with an even bigger orchestra. The success of that work cemented his relationship with the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Together they wrote many operas, including Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Arabella. In 1919, Strauss became co-director of the Vienna Staatsoper, a post he held for five years.

The Strauss Week schedule on Operavore:

Monday

Guntram
Guntram: Reiner Goldberg
Freihild: Illona Tokody
Der alt Herzog: Sandor Sólyom-Nagy
Robert: István Gáti
Des Herzogs Narr: János Bándi

Conductor: Eve Queler
Hungarian Army Chorus
Hungarian State Orchestra
 

Der Rosenkavalier
Die Feldmarschallin: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
Der Beron Ochs Auf Lerchenau: Otto Edelmann
Octavian: Christa Ludwig
Herr Von Faninal: Eberhard Wächter
Sophie: Teresa Stich-Randall
Marianne: Ljuba Welitsch
Valzacchi: Paul Kuen
Annina: Kerstein Meyer
Ein Sänger: Nicolai Gedda

Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

 

Tuesday

Arabella
Arabella: Lisa Della Casa
Mandryka: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Zdenka: Anneliese Rothenberger
Graf Waldner: Karl Christian Kohn
Adelaide: Ira Malaniuk

Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
Bayerischer Staatsopernchor
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
 
Elektra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Klytämnestra: Regina Resnik
Elektra: Birgit Nilsson
Chrysothemis: Marie Collier
Aegisth: Gerhard Stolze
Orest: Tom Krause

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Wiener Philharmoniker

 

Wednesday

Die Liebe der Danae
Jupiter: Paul Schöffler
Merkur: Josef Traxel
Pollux: Lászlo Szémere
Danae: Annelies Kupper
Xanthe: Anny Felbermayer
Midas: Josef Gostič

Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Frau ohne Schatten 
The Nurse: Ildikó Komlósi
The Emperor: Torsten Kerl
The Empress: Anne Schwanewilms
The Dyer’s Wife: Christine Goerke
Barak, the Dyer: Johan Reuter
Keikobad: Richard Paul Fink

Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

 

Thursday

Ariadne auf naxos
Primadonna/ Ariadne: Deborah Voigt
Der Komponist: Anne Sofie von Otter
Zerbinetta: Natalie Dessay
Der Tenor/Bacchus: Ben Heppner
Ein Musiklehrer: Albert Dohmen

Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Staatskapelle Dresden
 
Daphne
Daphne: Renee Fleming
Peneios: Kwanchul Yoon
Gaea: Anna Larsson
Leukippos: Michael Schade
Erster Schäfer: Eike Wilm Schulte
Zweiter Schäfer: Cosmin Ifrim
Dritter Schäfer: Gregory Reinhart
Vierter Schäfer: Carsten Wittmoser
Erste Magd: Julia Kleiter
Zweite Magd: Twyla Robinson

Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Herren des WDR Rundfunkchors Köln
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

 

Friday

Salome
Herodes: Horst Hiestermann
Herodias: Leonie Rysanek
Salome: Cheryl Studer
Jochanaan (Johannes der Täufer): Bryn Terfel

Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
 
Capriccio
Die Gräfin: Gundula Janowitz
Der Graf, ihr Bruder: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Flammand, ein Musiker: Peter Schreier
Olivier, ein Dichter: Hermann Prey
La Roche, der Theaterdirektor: Karl Ridderbusch

Conductor: Karl Böhm
Die Schauspielerin Clairon: Tatiana Troyanos
Symphonierorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks p>

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Comments [1]

good grief from Teaneck

Always funny how qxr schedules these types of festivals right after wkcr announces theirs. At least KCR does it in full sound, rather than mp3's.

Jun. 05 2014 02:24 PM

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