Bust-length role portrait photograph of the soprano as Senta in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, signed in full
by RYSANEK, Leonie 1926-1998
At the first postwar Bayreuth Festival in 1951 [Rysanek's] Sieglinde created a sensation... Her opulent voice, with its thrilling upper register, and her dramatic temperament were heard and seen to advantage in the title roles of Die Liebe der Danae, Die ägyptische Helena and Salome, as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Chrysothemis, and as Lady Macbeth, Turandot, Tosca, Santuzza and Medea... She returned to Bayreuth as Elsa (1958), Elisabeth (1964) and Kundry (1982). In 1959 she made her début at the Metropolitan, replacing Callas as Lady Macbeth. She then appeared there regularly in the Italian and the German repertories, sharing most of her time between New York and the Vienna Staatsoper, with guest appearances in other leading European houses... Her later roles included Kabanicha, Herodias (Salome) and Clytemnestra, which she sang at the Salzburg Festival in 1996, her final stage appearance. She recorded many of her main roles, most notably Sieglinde (under both Furtwängler and Böhm), Lady Macbeth, the Empress and Electra." Harold Rosenthal and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.. With bass-baritone George London (1920-1985) as the Dutchman. Ca. 253 x 205.Slightly worn and creased; signature faded. light stain and annotation in black ink to verso. (Inventory #: 23928)
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