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The Essential Karan Armstrong

Brian Morgan "Brian Morgan"
The list author says: "Kammersängerin Karan Armstrong, widow of the stage director Götz Friedrich, is one of the greatest singing-actresses of our era."
Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Leif Roar, Woldemar Nelsson, Bayreuth Opera
Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Leif Roar, Woldemar Nelsson, Bayreuth Opera
"Karan Armstrong's Elsa von Brabant is one of the great portrayals of our time.  Without a 'pretty' voice, she manages to be both gripping and extraordinary moving.  Friedrich's Bayreuth production (filmed in 1982) is one of his finest."
Lohengrin
Lohengrin
"The superb audio-version of the above, with Peter Hofmann as an excellent Swan Knight."
Korngold: Die tote Stadt
Korngold: Die tote Stadt
"Miss Armstrong gives an amazing, blazing, encyclopedic performance, opposite James King, in Professor Friedrich's acclaimed 1983 production."
Henze: The Bassarids [Die Bassariden] Opera in 1 Act After Euripides
Henze: The Bassarids [Die Bassariden] Opera in 1 Act After Euripides
"In one of Miss Armstrong's few studio recordings (1986), she gives a towering characterisation of Agave, alongside her tenor friend Kenneth Riegel. A magnificent, underrated opera."
Verdi - Falstaff / Bacquier, Stilwell, Armstrong, Lindenstrand, Szirmay, Cosotti, Ihloff, Lanigan, Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
Verdi - Falstaff / Bacquier, Stilwell, Armstrong, Lindenstrand, Szirmay, Cosotti, Ihloff, Lanigan, Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
"Friedrich's 1978-79 film (conducted by Sir Georg Solti) of 'Falstaff' is extraordinary, led by La Armstrong's rather dark interpretation of Mrs Alice Ford."
Marcel Landowski - Montsegur (Cybelia)
Marcel Landowski - Montsegur (Cybelia)
"Recorded 'live' in Paris, in 1987, this fascinating opera features Miss Armstrong in a tour-de-force performance, co-starring Gino Quilico, and Michel Plasson conducting."
Berio - Un re in ascolto / Maazel
Berio - Un re in ascolto / Maazel
"Armstrong is transcendental in this 'live' recording of the 1984 world-premiere of the Berio, with Theo Adam in one of his finest roles.  Lorin Maazel conducts one of his best recordings."
Lyric Symphony
Lyric Symphony
"Arguably the finest recording of Zemlinsky's masterpiece, from 1987-88.  Armstrong's singing is beautifully expressive."
Gian Carlo Menotti: Nocturne / Canti di Lontonanza
Gian Carlo Menotti: Nocturne / Canti di Lontonanza
"Prof. KS Karan Armstrong-Friedrich, that great champion of Schoenberg and Berg, here reminds us of her American roots (1983)."
Overture 1912: Deutsche Oper Berlin
Overture 1912: Deutsche Oper Berlin
"Enrique Sánchez Lansch's film on the centennial of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is brilliant, and features Miss Armstrong, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (in his last interview), RenĂ© Kollo, Christa Ludwig, etc.  Armstrong is seen in interview, as well as in 'Die tote Stadt' and 'Die WalkĂĽre' (as Sieglinde, with Hofmann), and rehearsing 'Lulu' (with Friedrich)."