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Dido and Aeneas 1952 and Gotterdammerung Act III, Scene 3 1948



Reviews of Kirstin Flagstad from 1935:

The voice itself is both lovely and puissant. In its deeper register it is movingly warm and rich and expressive ... The upper voice is powerful and true, and does not harden under stress.  Lawrence Gilman, New York Herald Tribune

No Sieglinde of the past ten years has made such an impression here, by her voice, stage business, her intelligence and dramatic sincerity, and by her evident knowledge of Wagner.  Olin Downes, New York Times

Dido and Aeneas 1952 and Gotterdammerung Act III, Scene 3 1948


Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell

Dido, Queen of Carthage Kirsten Flagstad

Belinda, her confidante Elisabeth Schwartzkopf

Aeneas, a Trojan prince Thomas Hemsley

Sorceress Arda Mandikian

Spirit, in form of Mercury Elisabeth Schwartzkopf

Sailor David Lloyd

First Lady Eilidh McNab

Second Lady Elisabeth Schwartzkopf

First Witch Sheila Rex

Second Witch Anna Pollak

Chorus of courtiers, witches, sailors and cupids The Mermaid Singers and Orchestra Cello Continuo, Raymond Clark

Conducted by Geraint Jones