Wagner: Opera Arias / Simon Estes

Audio Samples

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>     Die Frist ist um
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Act 2. Laá ich's verlauten
>     Act 3. Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
>     Act 1. Mein Sohn, Amfortas... Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Once a medical student in Iowa, Simon Estes left his studies to attend Julliard and eventually became the first black, male artist to take a major role at Bayreuth. This CD includes a selection of extended extracts from Der fliegende Holländer (Dutchman), Die Walküre (Wotan) and Parsifal (Amfortas), where Estes is joined by soprano Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Brünnhilde), and bass Heinz Reeh (Titurel).

"As Amfortas Estes is once again at his very best, bringing out the anguish and pity in the music, both in his rich, intense tone and his well-considered diction - the cries of "Erbarmen" truly searing; again, this must rank with the best interpreters of the past. The recording tends to favour the singer, who - make no mistake - is that rarity today, a really heroic bass-baritone." -Gramophone Magazine

American Record Guide
This offers a good overview of Simon Estes as a Wagner baritone... His baritone is colorful and forceful, his intonation good; and his ability to project the persona of his operatic characters is also admirable... The recorded sound is rich... you'll find this recording very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin (04/1984).



Reviews

The Perfect Wagnerite
In 1978, bass-baritone, Simon Estes became the very first African-American male to perform a leading role at Bayreuth, in this case Der fliegende Hollander. During the 60ís through the 80ís, Estes electrified audiences with his commanding technique and formidable stature, most especially with his high charged performances of Wagner. His personal story is a compelling one as is so aptly detailed in the informative liner notes. One is struck by the consistent high level of artistry present throughout this Philips derived program. Orchestra, conductor et al, provide capable support. Sonics are spacious and detailed. This disc is a vivid document of an important singer at the top of his game.
Submitted on 10/10/11 by conway 
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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Die Frist ist um
  • Performer: Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 2. Laá ich's verlauten
  • Performers: Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano); Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 24 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 3. Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind
  • Performer: Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Act 1. Mein Sohn, Amfortas... Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen
  • Performers: Heinz Reeh (Bass); Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882