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”!