“Young soprano Elizabeth Gentner…has a supple, full-bodied voice perhaps better suited for a larger venue, but displayed a confidence and command of comedy unusual in a performer at such an early stage in her career.” ~Kathleen Whalen, Daily Republic Correspondent
In 1781, Mozart’s grand opera Idomeneo premiered with Mozart conducting the Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) in the Residence Theater (Residenztheater) in Munich (München).
The above scene, performed by dramatic soprano Hildegard Behrens, is just prior to the finale of the opera. Elettra has just been told by the gods that she will not be with Idamante with whom she is in love. Desolate, she looses her mind and begins having delusions of snakes tormenting her and she cries out that the must finish her own life.
This clip is how I fell in love with the voice of Marilyn Horne. I was learning this duet for a concert. I had heard her sing in recordings many times before. However, this recording is how I became familiar with the depth and versatility of her artistry! Happy Birthday Maestra!