Maria Reining


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
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  • 1.
    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Operatic Recital
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109302 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Paul [Baritone Vocal] Schoeffler,  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Günther Treptow  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Heinrich Hollreiser
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    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: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459007 Release Date: 08/13/2010   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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  • 5.
    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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  • 7.
    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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    Les Introuvables Du Chant Wagnèrien
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64008 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Emanuel List,  Fritz Wolff,  Alexander Kipnis,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduard Mörike,  Siegfried Wagner,  Robert Heger,  Leo Blech  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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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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  • 12.
    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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    Helge Rosvaenge In Szenen Aus Othello Und Tosca
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 112335 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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