Hilde Konetzni

Biography

Born: March 21, 1905; Vienna, Austria   Died: April 20, 1980; Vienna, Austria  
The younger (by three years), and by a fair margin more famous, of the two Konetzni sisters (both well-known singers), Hilde Konetzni was born in Vienna in late March 1905. Like her sister, she studied voice at the Vienna Conservatory and then took private lessons in Prague for a while before her 1929 debut at the Chemnitz Opera; there she sang the role of Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, while her sister Anny sang the role of Brünnhilde. She Read more was hired for regular appearances by the German Theater in Prague in 1932, and in 1936 she joined the roster of regulars at the Vienna Staatsoper. From this home base she gradually conquered the major houses of Europe -- La Scala, Covent Garden, Milan, Salzburg -- and the United States.

Hilde Konetzni is generally regarded as having had a somewhat smaller but perhaps more refined voice than her elder sister. She thus felt entirely at home in Mozart, and Covent Garden audiences in particular enjoyed her Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni efforts. She was still able to build a reputation as a first-rate exponent of Richard Strauss and Wagner roles, however -- Sieglinde in the Ring and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, especially. Her sister retired in 1955, but Hilde continued performing well into the 1960s, though not perhaps with the same authority that marked her earlier work. In 1954, she joined the faculty of the Vienna Academy. The younger Konetzni died on April 20, 1980, having survived her sister by 12 years. Read less
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  • 1.
    Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633618 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach,  Julius Patzak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Friends of Music Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Furtwangler, Italian Radio Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08161 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Alfred Poell,  Josef Greindl,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Menotti: Der Consul / Bauer-Theussl, Muszely, Ferenz, Fischer, Welitsch, Waechter
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101525 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
    Performer:  László Szemere,  Friedrich Nidetzky,  Gloria Lane,  Willy Ferenz  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Bauer-Theussl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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    Menotti: The Old Maid And The Thief, The Medium
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101515 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
    Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hilde Konetzni,  Olive Moorehead,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Rennert,  Armando Aliberti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Dvorak: Lieder / Hilde Konetzny, Josef Krips
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 597091 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Franz  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Krips,  Hilde Konetzni
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    Furtwangler Conducts Wagner's
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 914 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Set Svanholm,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Max Lorenz,  Günther Treptow  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Smetana: Die Verkaufte Braut  / Klobucar, Seefried, Braun, Konetzni
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 785092 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Liselotte Maikl,  László Szemere,  Oskar Czerwenka,  Rosette Anday  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Smetana: Bartered Bride / Braun, Kozetzni, Seefried, Klobucar
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 785092 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Murray Dickie,  Ludwig Welter,  Hans Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Furtwängler, La Scala
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1501 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Margret Weth-Falke,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Sieglinde Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 10.
    The World's Most Romantic Operas
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9807 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alessandro Maddalena,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiuselev,  Franco Calabrese  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Peter Maag,  Nino Verchi,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Matacic, Corelli, Tebaldi
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 682062 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Renato Ercolani,  Hilde Konetzni,  Renata Tebaldi,  Harald Pröglhöf  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Beecham Collection - Smetana: The Bartered Bride
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Heinrich Tessmer,  Mary Jarred,  Arnold Matters,  Marko Rothmüller  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 13.
    Legendary Performances Of Franco Corelli - 7 Operas
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 5602 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Kurt Equiluz,  Giulietta Simionato,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Beecham, Tauber, Konetzni
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 286 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Sabine Kalter,  Stella Andreva,  Arnold Matters,  Gerhardt Hinze  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Richard Strauss - Prima Donnas
    Label: Rca Victor Special Imports   Catalog: 69427 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Erich Kunz,  Reri Grist,  Dame Gwyneth Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Heinz Wallberg,  Karl Böhm,  Joseph Keilberth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Karajan Edition - Mozart, R. Strauss, Strauss II, Smetana
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66394 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Maria Cebotari,  Erich Kunz,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Furtwangler Conducts Versions Of Walkure & Gotterdammerung
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4866 Release Date: 01/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Günther Treptow,  Otto Von Rohr,  Josef Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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