Opera & Highlights
Le Voce Di Lecce (The Voices Of Lecce)
Camassa, Demitry, Elmo,
Perulli, Rizzo, Tafuro.
und Isolde (Wagner)
The dream pair of lovers: Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers (singing his first Tristan) in one of their very few appearances together in this opera. Live 1971 performance from Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, never before available on CD. Cast also features Norman Mittelmann, Grace Hoffman, and Franz Crass; Horst Stein conducts. Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Colón.
- BIRGIT NILSSON
HORST STEIN, conductor
After having sung with Mr. Vickers in Die Walküre, Aida, and Fidelio, I, as well as everyone else, was looking forward to his Tristan ó myself especially, who, as the papers were writing, should get the ideal "playmate." I waited and waited.
Jon Vickers was even scheduled for a recording and some performances of Tristan, but alas, Jon, who is his own strongest critic, perhaps did not yet feel quite ready for the task. Finally, in September 1971 in Buenos Aires, Jon was singing his first Tristan. I had then been waiting for him just as long as Jacob waited for Rachel in the bible - 14 years! I am sure that everyone who is listening to Jon Vickersís Tristan will agree with me: he was worth waiting for!
These words I have written as prelude to answering the question: What was it like to sing with Birgit? My answer may draw smiles when I say, as I have often said, that it was like singing with the Rock of Gibraltar - that beautiful, that powerful, and that "solid." It was an experience to ever be thankful for, and never to be forgotten. Thank you Birgit for your patient waiting so long, and for the joy you gave to me.