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Julia Varády


Born: September 1, 1941; Oradea, Transylvania  
Julia Varady is a highly respected soprano who has had a major European career and considerable success elsewhere.

She comes from a fabled part of Rumania that used to belong to Hungary and is home to most of Rumania's ethnic Hungarian population. She studied at the Conservatory in Cluj (formerly Klausenberg), then at the conservatory in the capital city of Bucharest.

She returned to Cluj and in 1960 gained a contract with the
Read more Cluj Opera and quickly was given the leading roles in the lyric-dramatic repertory, including Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Butterfly in Madama Butterfly (after originally playing the short part of Kate Pinkerton), the Marriage of Figaro (in which she sang, at various times, all three soprano roles), Turandot (as Liù), Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. During this period she also made guest appearances at the National Opera of Bucharest and in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1970 she joined the company of the Frankfurt-am-Main Opera House at the invitation of its music director, Christoph von Dohnanyi and continued to expand her already large repertory, singing Margarethe in Gounod's Faust, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Antonio in Tales of Hoffman, and the Young Maiden in a historic performance of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, among other parts. In guest appearances in Cologne she had a large success as Violetta in Traviata.

She spent the 1972 - 1973 season with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich following a highly successful appearance in the Munich Festival as Vitellia in Mozart's Clemenza di Tito. As a member of that company she had a triumphal portrayal of Elettra in the same composer's Idomeneo and added Senta in Flying Dutchman and Aïda to her repertory.

During those same years she sang with the leading baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to whom she was married in 1974. (Their son Martin Fischer-Dieskau began a conducting career in the 1990s.)

By now Varady was appearing at the major international operatic venues and continuing to add important roles to her repertory. She sang at the Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg Festival and other international summer events. Her notable debuts included the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1978 (Countess in Nozze di Figaro), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1982, Aïda), Metropolitan Opera (1977 - 1978 season as Donna Elvira), and in the newly opened Bastille Opera in Paris in 1995 (Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco).

She sang all the major roles in operas of Mozart and Verdi, several Puccini and Strauss roles (Composer, Arabella, and the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten), and such other parts as Orfeo and Alceste in Gluck's operas, Yaroslavna in Prince Igor, Micaëla in Carmen, Handel's Ariodante, Adele in Rossini's Le Comte Ory and the title role in his Cenerentola, Beethoven's Leonora, and the Tchaikovsky roles of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Lisa in Queen of Spades.

She has had particular success in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle singing opposite Fischer-Dieskau. The husband and wife team also scored a major success in Aribert Reiman's opera Lear, with Fischer-Dieskau in the title role and Varady as Cordelia, in Spontini's Olympie, and in Halévy's La juive. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Masur, Norman, Gruberova
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895402 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Paul Frey,  Olaf Bär,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Rudolf Asmus  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Offenbach: Hoffmanns Erzahlungen (Les Contes D'hoffmann) / Wallberg, Jerusalem, Varady, Fischer-dieskau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 123052 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Norma Sharp  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Orchestra
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    Mozart: Lucio Silla /  Schreier, Auger,  Varady, Hager, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001797202 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Helen Donath,  Arleen Augér,  Werner Krenn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Radio Chorus,  Salzburg Mozarteum Chorus
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    Wagner - The Great Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 973359 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Siv Wennberg,  René Kollo,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Klemperer,  Bernard Haitink,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Solti Conducts The Strauss Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746102 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter,  Wilhelm Lenninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gérard Lesne  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Essential Johann Strauss II
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78139 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Rudolf Schock,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Franz Allers,  Rudolf Kempe,  Fried Walter  ... 
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    Mozart: Operas / John Eliot Gardiner [18-CD Set]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4779595 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Jonathan Peter Kenny,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Shuraitis, Varady, Obraztsova, Kuhn, Ress
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 811112 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Carmen Anhorn,  Yoshihisa Yamaj,  Ulrich Ress,  Gudrun Wewezow  ... 
    Conductor:  Algis Zhuraitis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jadwiga Rappé,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Jane Eaglen,  Julia Varády  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Eton College Boys' Choir
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  • 14.
    Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon [12 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001433502 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  René Kollo,  Margaret Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Julia Varady Sing Schumann, Beethoven, Mahler
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95636 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Cord Garben,  Hertha Klust
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    Schumann - The Masterworks [35 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001422902 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Henryk Szeryng,  Lynn Harrell,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Georg Solti,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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    Cimarosa: Il matrimonia segreto / Auger, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93962 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Arleen Augér,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Julia Hamari  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Bach: Coffee and Peasant Cantatas / Fischer-Dieskau, Varady
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412882 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Aldo Baldin,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Julia Varády
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 20.
    Mozart: The Complete Operas [44-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305102 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Douglas Johnson,  Peter Schreier,  Inga Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Sir Colin Davis,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Master Class With Julia Varady
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3077958 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Julia Varády
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    Handel: Saul, Alexander's Feast, Apollo E Dafne / Harnoncourt, Fischer-Dieskau, Palmer, Lipovsek
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4695677 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Roberta Alexander,  Thomas Hampson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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    Shostakovich: Symphony No 14, Etc / Haitink, Concertgebouw
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417514 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Ortrun Wenkel,  Julia Varády,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle / Fischer-dieskau, Varady
    Label: Dg 20th Century Classics   Catalog: 423236 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Julia Varády - Song Of Passion
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88458 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Julia Varády
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