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MUSIC: Jean Madeira's Final Opera Performance (She Dies At A Very Young Age Year Later Due To Cancer)

Jean Madeira's Final Opera Performance
Jean Madeira's Final Opera Performance



Jean Madeira's final performance. I've been looking for it since 2010 (7 years) since I first read about it.

She was already very sick at this stage, but still a divine as always. I cried listening to this, knowing that she was in pain but still giving her all. 

She has one of the richest deep sought-after contralto voices and was a great proponent of the role of Klytemnestra in Richard Strauss' opera 'ELEKTRA'.

She died at a very young age a year later in 1972 due to cancer.

Birgit Nilsson and Leonie Rysanek also appear in this performance. This is my ELEKTRA dream team. I wish they recorded it sooner or in the studio, but this beautifully remstered audio is better than nothing.

In this video is the whole excerpt of Jean Madeira in her final performance, and as Klytemnestra



27 February 1971
Richard Strauss
ELEKTRA
Matinee Broadcast

Elektra.................Birgit Nilsson
Chrysothemis............Leonie Rysanek
Klytämnestra............Jean Madeira [Last performance]
Orest...................Thomas Stewart
Aegisth.................Robert Nagy
Overseer................Carlotta Ordassy
Serving Woman...........Batyah Godfrey Ben-David
Serving Woman...........Shirley Love
Serving Woman...........Gwendolyn Killebrew
Serving Woman...........Judith De Paul
Serving Woman...........Margaret Kalil
Confidant...............Patricia Clarke
Trainbearer.............Mary Fercana
Young Servant...........Leo Goeke
Old Servant.............Harry Shean
Guardian................Richard Best

Conductor...............Karl Böhm


"One of the great broadcasts in Met history, this performance of Strauss’s stunning one-act drama truly deserves the adjective “legendary.” The incomparable Birgit Nilsson delivers a searing portrayal of the title heroine, the Greek princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Agamemnon. A passionate Leonie Rysanek is her sister, Chrysothemis, who longs for a normal life and begs Elektra to give up her fixation. Thomas Stewart sings Orest, their brother, and Jean Madeira, in her final Met appearance, gives a chilling performance as Klytämnestra, Elektra’s mother. Strauss friend and protégé Karl Böhm conducts with unmatched authority and passion."

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