Julia Varady;  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau   (Orfeo C 511 991)
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Julia Varady;  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau   (Orfeo C 511 991)
V0951. JULIA VARADY, w.Fischer-Dieskau Cond. Bamberger S.O.: Arias & Scenes from Strauss Operas, (incl. Final Scene from Salome). (Germany) Orfeo C 511 991, recorded 1999. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4011790511122


“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 Dohnanyi 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 LA TRAVIATA.

She spent the 1972-73 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 Aïda to her repertory. During those same years she sang with the leading baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to whom she was married in 1974.

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