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Part 2 - Strong Women Dominate Strauss Operas

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The operas of Richard Strauss are dominated by female voices, and many of his fifteen operas are named for their female stars. In this second of three segments, we examine the Strauss operas centered around female protagonists, which include Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die ägyptische Helena, Arabella, Daphne, Die Liebe der Danae and Capriccio.

Strauss soprano Deborah Voigt hosts this three-part series, presented by WQXR, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. Guests for this segment include Strauss scholar Bryan Gilliam (Duke University), James Conlon (Music Director, LA Opera), soprano Diana Damrau, Strauss expert Paul Thomason, and performing arts writer Kathleen Watt.

A condensed version of this segment can also be found in the one-hour version of Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration.

Click here to go to Part 3 – The Enigma of Richard Strauss.

Playlist

Four Last Songs
“Im Abendrot”
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Philips, 000943302
 
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon, B0018913-02
 
Four Last Songs
“Fruhling”
Jessye Norman, soprano
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Philips, 000943302
 
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
Anne Sofie von Otter – Composer
Staatskapelle Dresden, Guiseppe Sinopoli
Deutsche Grammophon, 289 471 323-2
 
Don Juan, Op. 20
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 448 714-2
 
Salome’s Dance, Op. 54
Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
Chandos, CHAN 8758

Salome, Op. 54 
Cheryl Studer – Salome 
Bryn Terfel - Jochanaan
Horst Hiestermann - Herodes
Deutsche Oper Berlin, Giuseppe Sinopoli 
Deutsche Grammophon, 431 810-2 

Salome, Op. 54
Final Scene
Leontyne Price – Salome
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf
BMG Classics, 60398-2
 
Elektra, Op. 58
Eva Marton – Elektra
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
EMI Digital, 7 54067 2
 
Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Op. 59
Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
Chandos, CHAN 8758
 
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Kiri Te Kanawa – The Marschallin
Anne Sofie von Otter – Octavian
Babara Hendricks – Sophie
Kurt Rydl – Baron Ochs
Richard Leech – Italian Singer
Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink
EMI Classics, 7 54259 2
 
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
Deborah Voigt – Ariadne
Natalie Dessay – Zerbinetta
Anne Sofie von Otter – Composer
Ben Heppner - Bacchus
Staatskapelle Dresden, Guiseppe Sinopoli
Deutsche Grammophon, 289 471 323-2
 
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
Deborah Voigt – The Empress
Barak – Franz Grundheber
Dyer’s Wife – Sabine Hass
Staatskapelle Dresden, Guiseppe Sinopoli
Teldec, 0630-13156-2
 
Die agyptische Helena, Op. 75
American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein
Telarc Digital, 80605
 
Die agyptische Helena, Op. 75
Leontyne Price – Helen
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf
BMG Classics, 60398-2
 
Arabella, Op. 79
Lisa della Casa – Arabella
Hilde Gueden – Zdenka
George London – Mandryka
Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti
Decca, 475 7731
 
Daphne, Op. 82
Lucia Popp – Daphne
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
EMI Classics, 88204 2
 
Die Liebe der Danae, Op. 83
Laura Flanigan – Danae
American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein
Telarc Digital, 80570
 
Die Liebe der Danae, Op. 83
Jupiter’s Farewell
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Sony, 47197
 
Capriccio, Op. 85
Felicity Lott – Countess
Gregory Kunde – Flamand
Stephan Genz – Olivier
SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Georges Pretre
Forlane, 268052
 
Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
Frohlicher Beschluss
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Sony, 47197