Wagner: Die Walküre - Hunter, J. Meier, Vickers, Shinall, Wilderman; Holt. 1976


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This performance features something old and something new.  The veteran of this cast of course is Jon Vickers who had been singing this role for twenty years.   He does not seem to have lost any of his luster over the years and sings with virility and sensitivity.  Rita Hunter was still relatively new to the international scene.   Her Hojotohos are effortless in accuracy of pitch and power.   The new comer is the wonderful American soprano Johanna Meier.  She would later graduate to Brünnhilde but here her voice seems made for Sieglinde with its rich middle and lower register.   You can hear a repressed woman slowly open herself up to joy and love.

OD 10138-3

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