Kout; Ziegler, Gessendorf, Haugland, Kilduff, Meredith
Original Air Date: 03/09/1991

Part of the draw is certainly Pavarotti, but this mostly low voltage marquee cast is very solid. Gessendorf has a second Marschallin four years later under Levine with von Otter and Hawlata which has also been on Sirius. I saw Gessendorf several times in the house, and though not a dramatic house of fire, I like her very much, and find she fills the “big lyric” German roles very well. She’s definitely worth a listen. 7/2/11 Gessendorf is one of those singers who flew under the radar during her Met career. This is the first of her two broadcast Marschallins, and I highly recommend. I think she is even better served on the second one in 1995 with von Otter and Hawlata under Levine. Her Senta broadcast is on Met Player, and her Walkure Sieglinde was also broadcast (Ludwig’s farewell, and G. Jones as the Brunnhilde). She has a number of other Met performances, but alas only these four broadcasts.

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