Maria Reining

Biography

Born: August 7, 1908; Vienna, Austria   Died: March 11, 1991; Deggendorf, Germany  
This lyric soprano, lovely in both voice and presence, is most widely remembered for a recording of Der Rosenkavalier made after the years of her prime. Her Marschallin, much loved by the Viennese, was still attractive and well acted, but by 1954, it lacked the shimmer that had made her earlier performances so indelible. Fortunately, many of those performances that had established her as a special artist are preserved on disc, such as her Read more collaborations with such conductors as Toscanini, Böhm, and Knappertsbusch.

While working as a bank clerk, Reining pursued voice studies in Vienna before making her Staatsoper debut at the rather advanced age of 28. Initially, Reining was cast in soubrette roles. To gain a more diverse repertory, she accepted an offer from Darmstadt, where she sang for two years beginning in 1933. A subsequent two years at Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper brought a further advance into the heavier lyric repertory before Reining returned to Vienna as a Mozart, Wagner, and Strauss soprano of the first rank. Her second tenure with the Staatsoper lasted from 1937 until 1958. The year of Reining's return to Vienna also brought a debut at Salzburg where she sang, among other roles, Eva under Toscanini's direction. Mozart's Countess and Pamina became beautifully realized portrayals and other mid-weight Wagner roles such as Elisabeth and Sieglinde were likewise treasured. In May 1938, Reining made her first appearance at Covent Garden, singing an Elsa. On November 2, 1938, Reining made her American debut in Chicago as Eva to the Hans Sachs of Joel Berglund. Three days later, she presented her fragile Cio-Cio-San to Chicago audiences. Reining's New York operatic debut was delayed until after WWII and took place not at the Metropolitan Opera, but at the New York City Opera in September 1949 when she sang Ariadne under the direction of Lazlo Halasz, later essaying the Marschallin in the company's first Der Rosenkavalier. Meanwhile, she had been active once more at the Salzburg Festival, singing a well-received Arabella to the Mandryka of Hans Hotter in 1947. During the early '50s, Reining shared the role of the Marschallin in Vienna with Hilde Konetzni, another favorite artist of the house. Read less
Verdi: Der Troubadour / Zimmermann, Reining, Karén, Et Al
Release Date: 01/25/2000   Label: Preiser Records  
Catalog: 90382   Number of Discs: 2
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Strauss: Arabella / Bohm, Reining, Della Casa, Hotter
Release Date: 08/05/2008   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 445342   Number of Discs: 3
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    Rosenkavalier
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Maria Reining,  Sena Jurinac,  Hilde Gueden
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    German Opera & Operetta / Schlusnus, Rehkemper, Patzak, Berger
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459007 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Max Niederberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Leo Slezak,  Walther Ludwig,  Viorica Ursuleac  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Schutz,  Gerhard Steeger,  Clemens Krauss,  Karl Böhm  ... 
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    R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Reining
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001268102 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Sena Jurinac,  Alfred Poell,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Composers In Person
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17575 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Vilma Medgyaszay,  Ferenc Szekeres,  Zoltán Székely  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
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    Strauss: Arabella / Bohm, Reining, Della Casa, Hotter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445342 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Ruth Michaelis,  Lisa Della Casa,  Alfred Poell  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Sena Jurinac Sings Mozart, Strauss & Puccini
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 684062 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans Pfitzner,  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Christa Ludwig,  John Van Kesteren,  Jess Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Robert Heger,  Karl Böhm,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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    Mozart Singers Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90690 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Emmy Loose,  Wilhelm Tisch,  Wilma Lipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska,  Josef Krips,  Alexander Krannhals,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Reopening Of The Vienna State Opera - 1955 / Goltz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90675 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Karl Kamann,  Rudolf Lustig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  Herbert Kegel,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
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    Vienna Opera Festival 1955 / Böhm, Kubelik, Reiner, Knappertsbusch
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 666053 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Alban Berg,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Sena Jurinac,  Christel Goltz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Karl Böhm,  Fritz Reiner,  Rafael Kubelik
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Krauss
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2293/95 Release Date: 12/28/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  August Jaresch,  Hilde Gueden,  Lisa Della Casa,  Georges Müller  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera 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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  • 12.
    Great Voices Of The Past - Light Opera Gems
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8015 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Bechi,  Ezio Pinza,  Maria Reining,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Lehár,  Percy Pitt,  Carlo Sabajno
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    Great Voices Of The Past - The Sopranos
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8013 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Claudia Muzio,  Conchita Supervia,  Magda [Soprano Vocal] Olivero,  Rosa Ponselle  ... 
    Conductor:  Ugo Tansini,  Fritz Stiedry,  Hector Panizza,  Richard Kraus  ... 
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    Prinzregenten Theater - Wagner: Werke / Knote, Kappel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89305 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Ludwig Weber,  Hans Hopf,  Lorenz Fehenberger  ... 
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    Waldoper Zoppot - The Bayreuth Of The North - 99 Singers
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89406 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Claire Dux,  Robert Hager,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Ludwig Hofmann  ... 
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Reining, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 467111 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Walter Berry,  Erich Majkut,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Der Troubadour / Zimmermann, Reining, Karén, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90382 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Inger Karén,  Annemarie Banzaf,  Hans Hermann Nissen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Zimmermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Erich Kleiber
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425950 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Maria Reining,  Sena Jurinac,  Erich Majkut,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wiener Opernlieblinge Von Seinerzeit / Güden, Kunz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90345 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Herbert Alsen,  Luise Willer,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rudolf Moralt,  Clemens Krauss,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Four Austrian Sopranos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89973 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Maria Reining,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Berta Kiurina
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  • 21.
    Richard Wagner On Record
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89404 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Berta Morena,  Nicola Geisse-Winkel,  Gertrud Bindernagel,  Karl Armster  ... 
    Conductor:  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Johannes Schüler,  Walter Lutze,  Manfred Gurlitt  ... 
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    Helge Rosvaenge In Szenen Aus Othello Und Tosca
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90271 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Hans Reinmar,  Maria Reining,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Elisabeth Waldenau
    Conductor:  Hanns Steinkopf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    R. Strauss: Daphne / Böhm, Reining, Frutschnigg, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90237 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Torsten Ralf,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Maria Reining,  Emmy Loose  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Franz Lehár Dirigiert / Reining, Réthy, Tauber, Vienna Po
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90150 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Maria Reining,  Richard Tauber,  Jarmila Novotná,  Esther Réthy
    Conductor:  Franz Lehár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Unvergessene Stimmen Der Wiener Staatsoper
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89401 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Esther Réthy,  Set Svanholm  ... 
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