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Saturday, March 8, 2014 Permalink

At The Opera, R. Strauss Die Agyptische Helena, March 8, 2014

  

Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on June 6, 1928. Strauss had written the title role with Maria Jeritza in mind but, creating quite a sensation at the time, the Dresden opera management refused to pay Jeritza's large fee and cast Elisabeth Rethberg instead as Helen of Troy. Jeritza eventually created the part in Vienna and New York.

As inspiration for the story, Hofmannsthal used sources from Euripides and Stesichorus. This 2002 recording stae Deborah Voigt and Carl Tanner. Leon Botstein conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Richard Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helena - 1928 version) BUY American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor Deborah Voigt
Telarc 80605
10:00pm
10:40pm
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 last scene BUY Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor Jonas Kaufmann
Mariinsky 4sacd
11:00pm
11:10pm
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Wotans Farewell BUY Mariinski Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor Rene Pape
Mariinsky 4sacd
11:32pm
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day) BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor Mirella Freni
London/Decca 4758366
11:37pm
Carlo Bergonzi: Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:39pm
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mascagni
London/Decca 4758366
11:43pm
Cilea: L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Cilea
London/Decca 4758366
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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