This installment of "Legends of Lyric" concentrates on four artists who excelled in German roles at Lyric: two spectacular dramatic sopranos – Inge Borkh (1921 - 2018), who excelled at Lyric as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Salome, and Birgit Nilsson (1918 – 2005), idolized at Lyric and worldwide as the Wagner heroines and also in such formidable Italian roles as Puccini's Turandot; tenor Ludwig Suthaus (1906 – 1971), Lyric's first Wagner tenor; and another stupendous Wagnerian, bass-baritone Hans Hotter (1909 – 2003), who mesmerized two generations of audiences internationally in a huge repertoire.

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Inge Borkh

Inge Borkh's Roles at Lyric

Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson's Roles at Lyric

Ludwig Suthaus

Ludwig Suthaus's Roles at Lyric

Hans Hotter

Hans Hotter's Roles at Lyric

Main photo: Inge Borkh in Die Walkure1956.
Audio photo: Birgit Nilsson in Tristan und Isolde1959. Photo by Nancy Sorensen.