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.
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