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Saturday 9 Jul 2016
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre

Presented by Dr Graham Bruce:

Maria Callas as Isolde!
Victoria de Los Angeles as Elizabeth in Tannhäuser!
Renata Tebaldi as Elsa in Lohengrin!

Yes indeed! Many great singers whom we associate with vocal areas for which they became famous….for example, the bel canto operas of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini; the Puccini, Verdi, and verismo operas….sometimes ventured into the field of Wagner’s music dramas, often in the early years of their careers before their repertoires became fixed.

In this session, Graham will examine the careers of Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Victoria de Los Angeles, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Montserrat Caballe, concentrating on their brief incursions into Wagner.
Rare recordings, some of them taken from their live performances in Parsifal, Lohengrin, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, and Tristan und Isolde will be played. The recordings will be supplemented by numerous photographs of the respective divas.

Discussion by members as to the success of these singers’ Wagnerian incursions will be encouraged.