OP2800. DIE WALKÜRE - Act I, Live Performance, 14 Jan., 1952, w.Furtwängler Cond. RAI Ensemble, Roma; Günther Treptow, Hilde Konetzni & Otto von Rohr. (E.U.) Myto 00198. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8014399501989
“Hilde Konetzni made her début in Gablonz, as Sieglinde, in 1929, and sang in Prague from 1932 to 1938. In 1936, she made her début at the Vienna State Opera and the Paris Opéra, as Donna Elvira. She appeared at the Royal Opera House in London 1938-39, returning in 1947, and at La Scala, in 1950, as Sieglinde with Furtwängler. A stylish singer, she possessed a voice of great beauty, other notable roles included; Agathe, Isolde, Brünnhilde, Elisabeth, the Marschallin, Leonora, Chrysothemis, etc. She was very popular in Vienna, and continued singing small roles until the 1970s. She had a sister, Anny Konetzni, who was also a soprano noted for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss roles.”
“Günther Treptow began his vocal studies at the Berlin Musikhochschule, and later in Milan with Giovanni Scarmeo. Treptow was a member of the SA and Nazi Party (membership #38 579) until the discovery in 1934 of his mother's Jewish heritage. He was banned from performing until being granted special permission to do so from Josef Goebbels on 6 June, 1935. He made his stage début in Berlin, as the Italian singer in DER ROSENKAVALIER in 1936. He sang at the Vienna Volksoper in 1938, as Florestan in FIDELIO. He appeared at the Zopot Festival in 1939, in the title role of TANNHÄUSER. He made his début at the Munich State Opera in 1940, the Vienna State Opera in 1947, and the Bayreuth Festival in 1951.
He quickly established himself as one of the leading heldentenors of his generation, in roles such as Siegmund in DIE WALKÜRE, Siegfried in SIEGFRIED and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, and Tristan. Besides Wagner, he also sang such roles as Max in DER FREISCHÜTZ, Steva in JENUFA, Canio in PAGLIACCI, and the title role in OTELLO.
On the international scene, he made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, also appearing in Leningrad and Moscow. He sang at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1961 until his retirement in 1972.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron