V0673. JULIA VARADY, w.Sawallisch, Klee, Sinopoli & Steinberg Cond.: Arias from Idomeneo, La Clemenzo di Tito, Arabella, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Meistersinger, Il Trovatore, Nabucco & Forza. (Germany) Orfeo Stereo C 579 041, Live Performances, 1975-92. - 675754771928
“Julia Varady is a highly respected soprano who has had a major European career and considerable success elsewhere. She comes from a fabled part of Rumania that used to belong to Hungary and is home to most of Rumania's ethnic Hungarian population. In 1970 she joined the company of the Frankfurt-am-Main Opera House at the invitation of its music director, Christoph von Dohnányi and continued to expand her already large repertory, singing Margarethe in Gounod's FAUST, Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI, Antonio in TALES OF HOFFMAN, and the Young Maiden in a historic performance of Schönberg's MOSES UND ARON, among other parts. In guest appearances in Cologne she had a large success as Violetta in TRAVIATA. She spent the 1972 - 1973 season with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich following a highly successful appearance in the Munich Festival as Vitellia in Mozart's CLEMENZA DI TITO. As a member of that company she had a triumphal portrayal of Elettra in the same composer's IDOMENEO and added Senta in FLYING DUTCHMAN and Aďda to her repertory. During those same years she sang with the leading baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to whom she was married in 1974.
By now Varady was appearing at the major international operatic venues and continuing to add important roles to her repertory. She sang at the Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg Festival and other international summer events. Her notable débuts included the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1978 (Countess in NOZZE DI FIGARO), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1982, AĎDA), Metropolitan Opera (1977 - 1978 season as Donna Elvira), and in the newly opened Bastille Opéra in Paris in 1995 (Abigaille in Verdi's NABUCCO).
She sang all the major roles in operas of Mozart and Verdi, several Puccini and Strauss roles (Composer, ARABELLA, and the Empress in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN), and such other parts as Orfeo and Alceste in Gluck's operas, Yaroslavna in PRINCE IGOR, Micaëla in CARMEN, Handel's ARIODANTE, Adele in Rossini's LE COMTE ORY and the title role in his CENERENTOLA, Beethoven's LEONORA, and the Tchaikovsky roles of Tatyana in EUGEN ONÉGIN and Lisa in QUEEN OF SPADES. She has had particular success in Bartók's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE singing opposite Fischer-Dieskau. The husband and wife team also scored a major success in Aribert Reiman's opera LEAR, with Fischer-Dieskau in the title role and Varady as Cordelia, in Spontini's OLYMPIE, and in Halévy's LA JUIVE.”
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com