Great Singers at Lyric in German Repertoire

Legends of Lyric

German Singers at Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Great Singers at Lyric in German Repertoire

This installment of “Legends of Lyric” concentrates on four artists who excelled in German roles at Lyric: two spectacular dramatic sopranos – INGE BORKH (1921 -    ), 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. 


Listen to Roger Pines's tribute:




Inge Borkh's Roles at Lyric



1956



Salome 
Salome
Richard Strauss
Oct. 17, Nov. 3

Sieglinde 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Oct. 20, 22



Birgit Nilsson's Roles at Lyric



1956



Brünnhilde 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Oct. 20, 22


1958



Turandot 
Turandot
Giacomo Puccin
Oct. 18, 22, 27

Isolde 
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner
Nov. 1, 7, 10


1959



Turandot
Turandot
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 28, 30

Amelia Anckarström
Un ballo in maschera
Richard Wagner
Nov. 4, 7

Senta
Der fliegende Holländer
Richard Wagner
Nov. 13, 16, 21


1960



Brünnhilde 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Nov. 21


1961



Leonore
Fidelio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Nov. 13, 17, 22


1970



Turandot 
Turandot
Giacomo Puccini
Oct. 5, 8, 11, 14, 17


1972



Brünnhilde 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Sept. 27, 30; Oct. 3, 6, 9, 13


1973



Brünnhilde
Siegfried
Richard Wagner
Oct. 31; Nov. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15


1974



Brünnhilde 
Götterdämmerung
Richard Wagner
Nov. 27; Dec. 3, 6



Ludwig Suthaus's Role at Lyric



1956



Siegmund 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Oct. 20, 22



Hans Hotter's Roles at Lyric



1960



Wotan 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Nov. 21


1961



Don Pizarro 
Fidelio
Ludwig von Beethoven
Nov. 13, 17, 22


1966



Speaker 
Die Zauberflöte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 18, 21, 23, 26


1981



Stage Director 
Fidelio
Ludwig von Beethoven
Nov. 7, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 28; Dec. 1
Inge Borkh
Inge Borkh

Birgit Nilsson as Brunnhilde
Birgit Nilsson as Brunnhilde

Ludwig Suthaus
Ludwig Suthaus as Siegfried

Hans Hotter as Wotan
Hans Hotter as Wotan

 

 

 


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