Wolfgang Sawallisch
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
23 July 1961
Festspielhaus Bayreuth
Recording Type
  live  studio
  live compilation  live and studio
HermannJosef Greindl
TannhäuserWolfgang Windgassen
Wolfram von EschenbachDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Walther von der VogelweideGerhard Stolze
BiterolfFranz Crass
Heinrich der SchreiberGeorg Paskuda
Reinmar von ZweterTheo Adam
ElisabethVictoria de los Ángeles
VenusGrace Bumbry
Ein junger HirtElse-Margrete Gardelli
Opera News
User Rating
Media Type/Label
Melodram, Teatro Dischi
Orfeo, Myto, Opera d’Oro, OOA, TOL, OA, OD, CA
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592 kbit/s VBR, 44.1 kHz, 688 MByte (flac)
From the Bayreuth Festival
A production by Wieland Wagner (premiere)
The “black Venus” of Grace Bumbry created quite a sensation in Bayreuth.
Since I have a tape with the original announcements it’s clear that the recordings captures the premiere of Wieland Wagners’s new Tannhäuser production because the announcer explicitly says so (“Eröffnungsvorstellung”). However, Orfeo who got the recording directly from the Bavarian Rundfunk gives the date august 3. There are two possibilities. The Bavarian Rundfunk taped a second Tannhäusr performance which means Orfeo’s release is indeed a different recording from august 3 or Orfeo simply got the date wrong.