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Varady and Seiffert are two of my favorite singers. Varady in particular is quite something. The voice is gorgeous and there's always such intensity to her portrayals. Her live "Nabucco" from Paris opposite Lafont (also featuring Jose Cura and Violeta Urmana in smaller roles) is nothing short of sensational. It really is a shame that she never made it to NY. I keep hoping the Met casts as the Countess in "Pique Dame" or something! She has another Wagner disc with Fischer-Dieskau conducting (on Orfeo), featuring the Wesendonck-Lieder, the Liebestod, and the Immolation Scene. It's another must have. And she is the Sieglinde on the Wolfgang Sawallisch RING from Munich (opposite Schunk and Behrens.) [Her other Orfeo recitals are must haves as well: two volumes of Verdi arias, one magnificent Puccini arias disc, R. Strauss opera scenes, and Tchaikovsky lieder.]

Seiffert (once married to the wonderful and much lamented Lucia Popp) is probably not an actual heldentenor. He's a lyric tenor - the voice is beautiful and warm. (Isn't that what Wagner intended anyway?) But in recent years his forays into Wagner have worked out quite nicely. His Tannhauser at the Met a few years back was wonderful, even if he occasionally put too much pressure on the voice. I'm really looking forward to his Tristan next season.


Yes, it is too bad Met audiences never got to see much of Varady...just those Donna Elviras in 1978. It was telecast and there are tapes of it floating around.

She is a very impressive Empress on the Solti FRAU recording, and Composer on the Masur ARIADNE.

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