Connais tu le pays

Opera details:

Opera title:

Mignon

Composer:

Ambroise Thomas

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Mignon Synopsis

Libretto:

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Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Mignon

Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano

Act:

1

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Part III: Rare and unknown voices - HERTHA TÖPPER

Singer: Hertha Töpper

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Hertha Töpper, Contralto/Mezzosoprano

Ambroise Thomas MIGNON
Connais-tu le pays - sung in german -
Conducted by Peter Maag
Recorded 1956

My personal opinion: It is significant, that some critics wrote a vast number words of admiration about singers no one knows (19th century artists who already died before the invention of sound-recording was established), and with blinders on their eyes, they forgot some audience-favorites. Tenor René Kollo on critics of that kind: "Well, it´s always the same: If you´re alive, you are a mediocre singer. If a singer is dead, he was a good one. And if he´s long time dead, he was very good!" In the two leading books about "Great Singers" (german edition) you will not find the name of Hertha Töpper.
I would feel remiss if I didn´t include the austrian born Mezzosoprano/Contralto in Part III. Although she wasn´t a rare singer, I believe she is unknown for a wider international audience. Particularly she was noted for her performances of music by Bach, and together with Marga Höffgen (1921-1995), she was one of the leading Contralto-singers of the composer´s vocal works during the 1950s and 1960. She recorded many of them with the famous Karl Richter, who saw in Hertha Töpper "the ideal of an Oratorio-Contralto" (The famous vocal pedagog Franziska Martienssen-Lohmann in her book "Der wissende Sänger": "The so-called Contralto is a much desired voice-type especially in oratorios. Ordinarily on the operatic stage a much bigger vocal range is necessary. When a Contralto comes from oratorio to opera, she may be surprised in view of the great requirements for lightness, facility and agility in the top register." No wonder, some oratorio-singers always refused to sing opera: Aafje Heynis and Agnes Giebel are two examples.)
Hertha Töpper was quasi the deep-voice counterpart to the great Mozart soprano Maria Stader (1911-1999), also an exponent of "instrumental singing" - the ideal of pure sound-emission and technical fluency . In 1951, Hertha Töpper was engaged in Bayreuth (Fricka, Siegrune and Flosshilde) for the first great cycle of THE RING after the war (the famous "Entrümpelungs"-production of Wieland Wagner). The same year, she earned ovations at the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich as Octavian in DER ROSENKAVALIER (immortalized in a 1957 live-recording under Hans Knappertsbusch with Marianne Schech as Marschallin). One year later, Hertha Töpper was Judith in the persuasive german Fricsay-recording of Bartók´s masterpiece BLUEBEARD´S CASTLE with Fischer-Dieskau (Alongside the hungarian versions with Ludwig/Berry and Palánkay/Szekély the best you can find). Fricsay also chose her as Jocaste for his production of the Opéra-oratorio OEDIPUS REX by Stravinsky. In one of the very first stereophonic recordings at all, Töpper also sang in Bach´s ST. MATTHEW PASSION under Richter (with Seefried, Fischer-Dieskau and Haefliger). Over time Hertha Töpper was seen on the stages of Vienna, Salzburg, Milan, London (CAPRICCIO and ROSENKAVALIER. She repeated her famous Octavian in San Francisco 1960), Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Rome and Zurich. Equally versatile was her further repertory: Wagner, Mozart (Dorabella), Verdi (Amneris and Eboli), Gluck (ORPHÉE) and Nancy in MARTHA by Flotow - to name only a few. She was Larina in the 1962 TV-Broadcast of JEWGENI ONEGIN with Hermann Prey and Fritz Wunderlich, and in 1969, Hertha Töpper substituted Tatjana Troyanos as CARMEN in Munich (Böhm). She never overstepped her limits and saved her high standards until her retirement in 1980. It was a career in silence, free of all absurd concessions to a hectic Opera-business. Munich was her artistic home, the oratorio and the concert stage her domain. She was married to the late composer Franz Mixa.
It would be a great default, to have her not in this collection of proficient singers from the past. Here is Fr. Töpper with a german sung rendition of Mignon´s famous aria "Connais-tu le pays?" by Ambroise Thomas. The opera (1866) based on Goethe´s novel "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" (1795).

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2 - Magdalena Kožená

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2 - María José Montiel
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2 - Denyce Graves

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1 - Elisabeth Grümmer
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2 - Elena Cernei

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2 - Karine Deshayes

Lucia Valentini Terrani in Connaistu le pays dall opera Mignon di AThomas 23459
2 - Lucia Valentini Terrani

Frederica von Stade Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23442
2 - Frederica von Stade
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2 - Elīna Garanča

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3 - Hertha Töpper
Jennifer Larmore MignonThomas Connaistu le pays 23449
2 - Jennifer Larmore

Mignon s Aria Connaistu le pays Vesselina Kasarova 92607
2 - Vesselina Kasarova
Adelina Patti Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1906 92606
1 - Adelina Patti

Lucrezia Bori Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1928 92613
1 - Lucrezia Bori
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3 - Marie-Nicole Lemieux

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2 - Risë Stevens
Giulietta Simionato Connaistu le pays Mignon 23453
2 - Giulietta Simionato

Conchita Supervia Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon French Odeon 1931 92617
2 - Conchita Supervía
Ambroise Thomas Mignon Geraldine Farrar Connaistu le pays  23485
1 - Geraldine Farrar

Ebe Stignani Mignon Thomas Non Conosci Il Bel Suol 92619
2 - Ebe Stignani

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3 - Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Marilyn Horne Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23451
2 - Marilyn Horne
Lotte Lehmann Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1917 92621
1 - Lotte Lehmann

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2 - Sonia Ganassi
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1 - Małgorzata Walewska

Mezzosoprano GIANNA PEDERZINI Mignon Non conosci il bel suol 1930 92633
2 - Gianna Pederzini
Ninon VALLIN Mignon Connaistu le pays  92635
1 - Ninon Vallin

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1 - Anna Case

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3 - Jana Sýkorová
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2 - Daniela Vega

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1 - Marcella Sembrich
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1 - Renata Scotto

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1 - Sigrid Arnoldson

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2 - Jane Rhodes

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1 - Amalia Paoli

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2 - Soňa Červená
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3 - Maartje Offers

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2 - Monica Groop
Soprano FLORENCE EASTON Mignon Connaistu le pays 1922 92641
1 -
1 - Florence Easton

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1 - Mimi Benzell
2 - Risë Stevens

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l'oranger?
Le pays des fruits d'or et des roses vermeilles,
Où la brise est plus douce et l'oiseau plus léger,
Où dans toute saison butinent les abeilles,
Où rayonne et sourit, comme un bienfait de Dieu,
Un éternel printemps sous un ciel toujours bleu!
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce rivage heureux d'où le sort m'exila!
C'est là ! c'est là  que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir!

Connais-tu la maison où l'on m'attend là -bas?
La salle aux lambris d'or, où des hommes de marbre
M'appellent dans la nuit en me tendant les bras?
Et la cour où l'on danse à  l'ombre d'un grand arbre?
Et le lac transparent où glissent sur les eaux
Mille bateaux légers pariels à  des oiseaux!
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce pays lointain d'où le sort m'exila!
C'est là ! c'est là  que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir!

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Operatic Anthology: Mezzo-SopranoCantolopera: Arias for Mezzo-Soprano Volume 2

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