The Art of Leonie Rysanek

February 22, 2020, 4:30 pm

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(Photo: Heinz Anger: Portrait of Leonie Rysanek [CC BY-SA (])

This renowned Viennese soprano is heard in two of her most acclaimed Verdi roles: Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and her 1959 Met debut role as Lady Macbeth.


“Nel di della vittoria…Vieni! T’affretta accendere” from Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Leonie Rysanek, soprano; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
(New York 1959. RCA VICTOR 09026‐68920‐2)

“Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Leonie Rysanek, soprano; Miriam Pirazzini, soprano; Rome Opera Orchestra; Tullio Serafin, conductor
(Rome 1960. RCA VICTOR 09026‐63180‐2)