leb’ wohl

The 2010 Bayreuth Festival Ring Cycle opens this week, and I can’t think of a better excuse for posting sound clips of great Wagner singers of the past than that.

In honor of today’s opera, Die Walküre, here are three versions of Wotan’s Farewell, including one en français.

Alexander Kipnis (rec. 1926)

Marcel Journet (rec. 1928)

Hans Hotter (rec. 1942)



Filed under listening, wagner operas

4 responses to “leb’ wohl

  1. thania

    Great! Enjoyed it. Marcel Journet is curious!
    Never heard of any of them, love to learn new things!

  2. sleeplessinseattle

    Was it Journet we listened to over at William’s house many moons ago? At top volume? The man had some pipes.

  3. operarules

    Awesome stuff!! Great to hear a younger Hotter. Thanks 🙂

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