OP3776. LEONORE (Beethoven), Live Performance, 1960, Bregenz Festival, w.Leitner Cond. Vienna S.O. & Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble; Hilde Zadek, Anton Dermota, Paul Schöffler, Otto von Rohr, Hans Braun, Gerda Schreyer, etc. (Italy) 2-Melodram CDM 27085. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
“Throughout her career, Hilde Zadek was praised by critics for her dark-hued voice, dramatic intensity and fine musicality. Before retiring from the stage in 1971, she also sang at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and other major houses. But her primary work was in Vienna. There, in the city she feared would revile her, she sang more than 700 performances in dozens of roles; taught for years at the Vienna Music Academy; presided over the International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition, a prestigious contest for young singers and, to the end of her life, chose to make her home.
During the 1952-53 season, Ms. Zadek sang at the Metropolitan Opera eight times. Reviewing her debut there as Donna Anna in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI, Olin Downes of THE NEW YORK TIMES praised her ‘dramatic power’ and ‘the brilliancy of her tones’. Her other Met roles were Aida, Eva in Wagner’s MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG and Elsa in his LOHENGRIN. Elsewhere, Ms. Zadek sang Eurydice in the world premiere of ANTIGONAE, an operatic setting of the Sophocles tragedy by Carl Orff, at the Salzburg Festival in 1949. In 1963 she sang Leonora opposite the American tenor Jan Peerce in a well-received Hebrew-language concert staging of Beethoven’s FIDELIO in Jerusalem.
Her recordings include a DON GIOVANNI under Otto Klemperer, Poulenc’s DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES under Berislav Klobucar and songs by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.”
- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 Feb., 2019
“Anton Dermota was one of the most musical tenors singing at his time. In Vienna, the highly-esteemed tenor was a leading representative of the lyric category. He was an outstanding figure in Austria’s musical life. It is a delight to hear his smooth line, his gleaming tone and his ‘slavic-elegiac’ vocalism. His smooth, honeyed mezza voce was marvellous. He had an imaginative way with Italian and French music. Today, he is best remembered as a Mozartian tenor…whatever he sang was superbly chiselled and presented as precious musical gems!”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile