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The Rosenkavalier trio November 24, 2006

Posted by Jeff in German, Opera, Régine Crespin, Theater.

From Charlie Handelman’s podcast site, a collection of twelve renditions of the Act III trio from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, featuring …

Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Viorica Ursuleac, Regine Crespin, Lotte Lehmann, Eleanor Steber, Helge Dernesch, Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Grummer, Lisa della Casa (in all three roles), Gundula Janowitz, Elizabeth Soederstrom, Rise Stevens, Sena Jurinac, Tiana Lemnitz, Susan Graham, Frances Bible, Jarmila Novotna, Birgitte Fassbaender, Erna Berger, Lucia Popp, Hilde Gueden, Marita Farell, Judith Raskin, Anne Elgar, Ileana Cotrubas, Anneliese Rothenberger, and Barbara Bonney (phew!).

You gotta be nuts to listen to the same piece of music twelve times in row on a seventy-four-minute podcast. Have fun!

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1. Ralph Sonnenberg - January 16, 2007

I believe I heard Crespin (Marschallin) and Raskin (Sophie) at the Met in the late Sixties or early Seventies. Am I right?
Also, though I can’t pin this down, I think I heard Jon Vickers at the New York City Opera about the time Beverly Sills was there. Any help?

2. Jeff - January 20, 2007

My first Met Rosenkavalier was with Christa Ludwig and Judith Blegen. I know that Crespin played the Marschallin there and it stands to reason that Judith Raskin would have done Sophie, but I can’t speak as to whether they ever sang the roles there in the same performances.

It seems to me unlikely Vickers ever sang for the NYCO. For most of his Met career he was working for Rudolf Bing, who didn’t approve of sharing singers with the “inferior competition” across the Lincoln Center plaza. (Even Beverly Sills had to wait until Bing’s retirement.)

3. A Rhoads - March 6, 2007

Thanks Man,

Good tunes.

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