Full-length role portrait photograph signed in full of the singers as Isolde and Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
by NILSSON, Birgit 1918-2005 and Regina Resnik 1922-2013
"Nilsson was generally considered the finest Wagnerian soprano of her day. Her voice was even throughout its range, pure in sound and perfect in intonation with a free ringing top; its size was phenomenal. Her dramatic abilities were considerable. Electra was possibly her finest achievement, although the sheer power and opulence of her voice, coupled with a certain coolness, made her an ideal Turandot. In both of these, as well as in Wagnerian roles, her phenomenal stamina was perfectly suited to the rigorous demands of the music. Her many recordings include Brünnhilde and Isolde, in both of which she was unrivalled, as well as the title roles in Turandot and Elektra; moreover, even her readings of the roles for which she was less renowned, such as Leonore, Aida and Tosca, have had few if any equals since." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online."Resnik garnered a major break at the Metropolitan Opera auditions, where she was selected as a last-minute replacement for Zinka Milanov as Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore on 6 December 1944... Her Ellen Orford in the New York premiere of Peter Grimes (1948)—along with classic mezzo roles she eventually undertook—is among the highlights of Resnik's career with the Metropolitan... By 1955 she concentrated exclusively on the mezzo-soprano repertory, including Azucena, Eboli, and Herodias (Salome). Resnik created the Baroness in Barber's Vanessa (1958)... She made her debut in Salzburg as Eboli in Don Carlos in 1961 and sang Claire in the 1972 American premiere of von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame at San Francisco... Resnik's notable recordings include Sieglinde (1953, Bayreuth), Carmen, Clytemnestra, Mistress Quickly, and Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium." Harold Rosenthal et al in Grove Music Online.. Ca. 253 x 203 mm. (Inventory #: 23904)
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