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Helga Dernesch

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: Austrian
Year of Birth: 1939

About Helga Dernesch:

Helga Dernesch (born 3 February 1939) is an Austrian soprano and mezzo-soprano. Her career has taken her through four successive phases: from mezzo-soprano to lyric soprano to dramatic soprano, and after about 1980 back to mezzo again. "Her voice had great richness and power, and her strikingly handsome stage appearance and intense acting made her a compelling performer."

Born in Vienna, Dernesch studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik before making her debut in 1961 singing Marina in Boris Godunov in Bern. She continued to sing in Bern from 1961 to 1963, in Wiesbaden 1963-1965 and at the Cologne Opera from 1965 to 1968. She made her first appearance in Bayreuth (as Wellgunde in Der Ring des Nibelungen) in 1965. Two years later she was singing Elisabeth in Tannhäuser there, and Sieglinde with the Bayreuth Festival on tour in Osaka. She made her first appearance at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 1969. With Scottish Opera she performed Gutrune (1968), her first Leonore (1970), the Marschallin (1971), Brünnhilde, Isolde, Ariadne, and Cassandra.

She has also appeared in most of the world's other great opera houses, including Zürich, Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, London, Paris, San Francisco, New York and Chicago in such roles as Leonore, Sieglinde and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, Isolde, The Dyer's Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Clytemnestra in Elektra, Kabanicha in Káťa Kabanová, The Countess in Pique Dame, and Larina in Eugen Onegin. She continued to sing regularly at the Bavarian State Opera where she sang the Marschallin in 1979 and created the role of Goneril in the premiere of Aribert Reimann's Lear in 1978, a role she also sang in several other German houses and, in an English translation, at San Francisco Opera in 1981. In October 2000, she created the title role in another Reimann opera, Bernarda Albas Haus in Munich.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
2Liebestod (Mild und leise) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
3Abends will ich schlafen gehn Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Hansel/Gretel
4Dich teure Halle Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elisabeth
5Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
6O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
7Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
8Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
9Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
10Du bist der Lenz Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
11Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: aria,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
12Ein Mannlein steht im Walde Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Gretel
13Ewig war ich Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
14Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
15Komm Hoffnung Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
16Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Florestan/Leonore
17Non je ne verrai pas la deplorable fete Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Cassandre
18Les Grecs ont disparu Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Cassandre
19Nur hurtig fort Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Leonore
20Isolde! Tristan! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
21Ballade von der sexuellen Horigkeit Popularity:

Opera: Dreigroschenoper, DieComposer: WeillAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Celia
22Ach Vater eilt Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
23Edmund wir fingen deinen Vater ein Popularity:

Opera: LearComposer: ReimannAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Cornwall/Edmund/Regan/Goneril
24Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.06

Type: recitative,quartetVoice: B-Br T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
25Der arme Jaquino dauert Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline
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