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Astrid Varnay

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1918
Year of Death: 2006

About Astrid Varnay:

Ibolyka Astrid Maria Varnay (25 April 1918 – 4 September 2006) was a Swedish-born American dramatic soprano of Hungarian descent. She spent most of her career in the United States and Germany. She was one of the leading Wagnerian heroic sopranos of her generation. Her voice on record is readily recognisable by its fiery tone and seemingly limitless upper register.

Both her parents were Hungarian and born in small towns in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but she was born in Stockholm, Sweden, where her parents were living during part of World War I. During a Da Capo interview in 1988 Varnay claimed that although she was born in Stockholm, her ancestry was Hungarian, French and German. Her mother, Maria Junghans (who changed her name to Javor when she took to the stage as a singer), born October 15, 1889, was a noted coloratura soprano with acoustic recordings to her credit. Her father was Alexander Varnay (born September 11, 1889), a spinto tenor. Opera was the family business, and Varnay grew up backstage at the world's opera houses. Her father founded, and both parents ran, the Opera Comique in Kristiania (later Oslo), Norway (1918–1921). During one performance, she was swaddled in the lower drawer of the dressing room chest of drawers of the young Kirsten Flagstad.

The family moved to Argentina, then New York City, where her father died at age 35 in 1924. Two years later her mother married tenor Fortunato de Angelis and the family settled in New Jersey. Varnay had been studying to be a pianist but decided at age eighteen to become a singer and had intensive vocal lessons with her mother.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Liebestod (Mild und leise) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
2In questa reggia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot
3Vissi d'arte vissi d'amore Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
4Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
5D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
6Dich teure Halle Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elisabeth
7Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
8O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
9Ho jo to ho Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
10Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
11Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
12Si colmi il calice Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
13La luce langue Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
14Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
15Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
16Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
17Il est doux il est bon Popularity:

Opera: HérodiadeComposer: MassenetAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Salomé
18Allein weh ganz allein Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
19Come in quest ora bruna Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)
20Du bist der Lenz Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
21Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: aria,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
22Heil dir Sonne Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: aria,finaleVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
23Ewig war ich Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
24Das susse Lied verhallt Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa/Lohengrin
25Hab mir's gelobt Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
26Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
27Siegmund sieh auf mich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Siegmund
28Figlia! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
29Ozean du Ungeheuer Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Reiza
30Einsam wachend in der Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brangäne
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