“Historic Opera Recordings Sung In German”
This collection is a true treasure trove for opera lovers and tells the amazing story of an era in which all the many municipal opera houses in the German-speaking world performed the standard repertoire from Bizet to Verdi only in the respective national language. Artists like Fritz Wunderlich had to re-learn their roles on the international stage. Karajan later broke with tradition and insisted that operas in his productions in Vienna, Salzburg and Milan should be performed in their original language.
These opera highlights, sung in German, all emerged from the major studio productions of the 1960s. The appointments are exceptional and should not be underestimated from today’s perspective: With the greatest voices of the time, also in supporting roles, they capture an impressive measure of vocal art: Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Ernst Häfliger, Irmgard Seefried Rita Streich, Sándor Kónya, Ingeborg Hallstein, Hans Hotter, Franz Crass, Gisela Vivarelli, Martti Talvela and many more.
Contains the first CD release of Carmen with Gisela Litz, Ernst Kozub, Franz Crass, the Badische Staatskapelle and Marcel Couraud.
The collection appears with an informative essay by Jürgen Kesting, which offers a wealth of contextual information and artistic backgrounds.