Congratulations to the favorite singer Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm and the audience of the Vienna Opera and Salzburg Festival.
“You can go again. It’s already over”: These were the words that a veteran member of the Vienna Opera Ensemble whispered to the young soprano when she appeared in the page’s magnificent costume at the Duke of Mantua’s festival: Gundula Janowitz had missed her performance in “Rigoletto”. The chronicle does not say whether in the festive hustle and bustle between soloists, choir and ballet anyone noticed that the performance was not performed. One thing is certain: it was by no means “over” for the singer. On the contrary.
When Janowitz appeared in larger roles, the connoisseurs quickly understood what fascinated director Herbert von Karajan so much about this artist: the voice was unmistakable, clear and shimmered with precious metals. The commentators associated gold and silver with this timbre from the very first moment, which could sound delicate in lyrical moments, but also effortlessly outshined the onslaught of the Philharmoniker in dramatic emergencies.