Elisabeth Hongen        (Preiser 93465)
Item# V1664
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Elisabeth Hongen        (Preiser 93465)
V1664. ELISABETH HÖNGEN: Arias & Duets (w.Walther Ludwig, Annelies Kupper, Christel Goltz, etc.) from Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Aïda, Götterdämmerung & Elektra. (Austria) Preiser 93465, recorded 1950-52. - 717281934657


“Possessed of neither a great voice nor outstanding personal beauty, Elisabeth Höngen bewitched her collaborators on stage, the conductors who worked with her, and intensely loyal audiences in Austria, Germany, and elsewhere. Not a superstar, she was an ensemble player and valued colleague. Even without the vocal resplendence certain other artists brought to these rôles, her interpretations remain inescapably compelling. Among her Strauss creations, the Nurse in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN became as incisive an impersonation as her giddy Clairon in CAPRICCIO. The two addled mothers in SALOME and ELEKTRA also became largely Höngen's property in Vienna and they both figured in her single season at the Metropolitan Opera in 1952 where ten performances in all represented her entire Met career. She had been made a Kämmersängerin in 1947 and was equally celebrated at Salzburg (where her Orfeo was revered). She participated with Furtwängler in his La Scala RING in 1950 and was one of a handful of veteran artists invited to reopen the Bayreuth Festival in 1951.”

- Erik Eriksson, ALL MUSIC GUIDE