Wagner vs Verdi Part 3, Great Sopranos of Wagner’s operas: Hildegard Behrens!

Wagner vs Verdi Part 3:

Verdi 200. Wagner 200.

Now we are going to remember one of the greatest German sopranos of the Wagnerian repertoire, Hildegard Behrens (1937-2009).

 

Hildegard Behrens,                                                                                                                                        “The Brünnhilde” of our time.

 

Hildegard Behrens was one of the greatest sopranos of Germany.  She had a fantastic repertoire, from Mozart, Strauss and Berg to Weber and of course, Wagner.

In my opinion, Hildegard Behrens is, probably, the greatest Brünnhilde of history of opera.

 

 

When I first saw her as Brünnhilde in Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, “Sigfried” and “Götterdämmerung” , I got very, very impressed with her performance.                                   Her voice, her acting was one of a kind.  I become a fan.

Unfortunately,  I later discovered that Hildegard Behrens passed away in 2009.

 

Richard Wagner would have been very proud of Hildegard Behrens.

 

These are the words of international press, dedicated to Hildegard Behrens:

“…a Brünnhilde withour equal”. – Th Stage (Uk)

“There does not seem to be another Brünnhilde to match her vocal authority, expressivity  and dramatic perception”. –  NY Times

“…one of the best loved Wagnerians of her generation”. – NPR

And, like in the opinions above, I think the just the same.

And of course, I also admire her in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Der fliegende Holländer”!

 

Here, a picture of Hildegard Behrens as Brünnhilde, with Sigfried Jerusalem as
Sigfried in the extraordinary MET production of “Wagner’s Ring Cycle” in 1990.
We will always remember Hildegard Behrens, with love.
Jacqueline
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