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Anja Silja

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Years active  1956-present

Name  Anja Silja
Role  Soprano
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Born  April 17, 1940 (age 75) (1940-04-17) Berlin, Germany
Movies  Janacek: Jenufa, Richard Strauss: Salome, Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Makropulos Case
Children  Julia von Dohnanyi, Benedikt von Dohnanyi, Olga von Dohnanyi
Albums  Lulu (Vienna State Opera 1968), Berg: Wozzeck / Schoenberg: Erwartung
Awards  Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
Similar People  Christoph von Dohnanyi, Eberhard Wachter, Martha Modl, Irene Dalis, Eva Randova

Occupation  Opera singer (soprano)

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Anja Silja Regina Langwagen ( [ˈanja ˈzɪlja], born April 17, 1940 in Berlin) is a German soprano who is known for her great abilities as a singing-actress and for the vastness of her repertoire.


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Silja began her operatic career at a very early age, with her grandfather, Egon Friedrich Maria Anders van Rijn, as her voice teacher. She sang Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville at Braunschweig in 1956, following this with Micaëla in Carmen and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos.

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The important part of her career began in 1959, when she sang the Queen of Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Vienna State Opera (under Karl Böhm) and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. France-Soir dubbed her "a second Callas." Other early roles included Leonora in Il trovatore, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, the four heroines of Les contes d'Hoffmann, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.

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She made her debut in 1960 at the Bayreuth Festival, as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. At Bayreuth (until 1967), she also sang Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin (opposite Astrid Varnay), Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Eva in Die Meistersinger, Venus in Tannhäuser, Freia in Das Rheingold, the Waldvogel in Siegfried, etc. Outside Bayreuth, the soprano appeared in Wieland Wagner's productions of Salome, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre and Siegfried (as Brünnhilde), Elektra, Fidelio, Otello, Lulu, Wozzeck (conducted by Pierre Boulez), and other operas. Of her Salome, Harold Rosenthal wrote in Opera, in 1968:

Anja Silja's performance was a tour-de-force. Her voice is not beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, but it is clearly projected, and every phrase carries its overtones—psychological not musical—which suggest the child-like degenerate, over-sexed princess in all too clear a manner. Her nervous, almost thin body is never still; she rolls on her stomach and on her back; she crawls, she slithers, she leaps, she kneels…. There is no denying that this is one of the great performances of our time.

Additional new roles in the 1960s were Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Ariadne, Jenny Smith (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Turandot (first Liù, then the title role), Lucy (The Telephone), Cassandre (Les troyens, opposite Jon Vickers) and Renata in The Fiery Angel. She was seen in Frankfurt, Toulouse, Paris, Turin, Naples, Stuttgart, Zurich, Barcelona, Geneva, The Netherlands, Budapest, London (Royal Festival Hall, then Covent Garden), San Francisco (her American debut, in 1968, as Salome), and Chicago. That first Lady Macbeth, in 1967, was conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, with whom she had a long relationship, including a marriage that produced three children. They divorced in the 1990s, during Dohnányi's tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Silja continued her career with appearances at Trieste, the Edinburgh Festival, the Salzburg Festival, Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera (Fidelio and Salome, 1972), Paris (Erwartung, under Sir Georg Solti), Berlin, Cologne (La fanciulla del West), Vienna (world premiere of Einem's Kabale und Liebe) and Brussels. Other new roles in this period were Emilia Marty in The Makropoulos Case, Leonora in La forza del destino, Médée, Die lustige Witwe, Carmen (staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle), La juive, Katya Kabanova, Tosca, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, and Die Königin von Saba (conducted by Julius Rudel).

In the 1980s, Silja added Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (opposite Chester Ludgin), La Cubana, Regan in Lear, Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (with Karita Mattila and Judith Blegen, staged by Maurice Béjart), the Kostelnička in Jenůfa (at the Glyndebourne Festival), Grete in Der ferne Klang, and the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten (opposite Dame Gwyneth Jones as Barak's Wife).

Silja made her debut as a stage director in 1990 at Brussels with Lohengrin. She then assumed the roles of Agave in The Bassarids (at Carnegie Hall), Ortrud in Lohengrin (in Robert Wilson's production), Herodias in Salome, Anna I in Die sieben Todsünden, Klytämnestra in Elektra, Jocasta in Œdipus rex (opposite René Kollo), Mother Marie of the Incarnation in Dialogues des Carmélites, Pierrot lunaire, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle, Countess Geschwitz in Lulu, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites (her Teatro alla Scala debut, under Riccardo Muti, 2004; three years later she sang in Jenůfa there), La voix humaine, Míla's Mother in Osud, the Comtesse in Pique-dame, and the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel. She was first heard in Cleveland, Boston, Madrid, Leipzig, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro in these recent seasons. Her 2001 recording of Jenůfa, from Covent Garden, won a Grammy Award.

Mme Silja now resides in Paris, having purchased the former home of the conductor André Cluytens. In January 2013, she sang the role of the Grandmother ("Babulenka") in The Gambler, in Frankfurt, in the production by Harry Kupfer, and, in 2017, she was the Narrator in Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder, in Hamburg, conducted by Kent Nagano.

Commercial discography

  • Richard Wagner
  • Der fliegende Holländer (Crass; Sawallisch, 1961) [live] Philips
  • Lohengrin (Varnay, Thomas, Vinay; Sawallisch, 1962) [live] Philips
  • Tannhäuser (Bumbry, Windgassen; Sawallisch, 1962) [live] Philips
  • Das Rheingold (Windgassen, Adam; Böhm, 1966) [live] Philips
  • Götterdämmerung (Nilsson, Windgassen; Böhm, 1967) [live] Philips
  • Der fliegende Holländer (Adam, Talvela; Klemperer, 1968) EMI
  • Die Walküre (Schnaut, Marc, Elming, Hale; Dohnányi, 1992) Decca Records
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Fidelio: excerpts (Stahlman, Sergi; Matačić, 1964) Eurodisc
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Tosca: excerpts [in German] (King, Fischer-Dieskau; Maazel, 1966) Decca Records
  • Alban Berg
  • Lulu: Lulu-Suite (Dohnányi, 1973) Decca Records
  • Lulu (Faßbaender, Berry, Hotter; Dohnányi, 1976) Decca Records
  • Wozzeck (Wächter; Dohnányi, 1979) Decca Records
  • Wozzeck (Cassilly, van Dam; Levine, 1980) [live] Polygram Records
  • Richard Strauss
  • Salome: final scene (Dohnányi, 1973) Decca Records
  • Salome (Nielsen, Hale; Schønwandt, 1997) Chandos Records
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Erwartung; Sechs Lieder (Dohnányi, 1979) Decca Records
  • Pierrot Lunaire (Craft, 1999) Koch Entertainment
  • Erwartung (Craft, 2000) Koch Entertainment
  • Hans Werner Henze
  • La Cubana (Latham-König, 1982) WERGO
  • Kurt Weill
  • Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Schlemm, Neumann; Latham-König, 1985) Capriccio
  • Die sieben Todsünden (Nowak, 2002) hänssler
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Jenůfa (Mattila, Silvasti, Hadley; Haitink, 2001) [live] Erato Records
  • "Russian Songs" (Andrej Hoteev, 2007) (Rachmaninoff: 10 songs; Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death) Sony/RCA Red Seal
  • Commercial videography

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Fidelio (Popp, Cassilly, Adam; L.Ludwig, Hess, 1968) Arthaus
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Hänsel und Gretel (Damrau, Kirchschlager, Allen; C.Davis, Leiser/Caurier, 2008) [live] Opus Arte
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Jenůfa (R.Alexander; A.Davis, Lehnhoff, 1989) [live] Kultur
  • The Makropulos Affair (Tear; A.Davis, Lehnhoff, 1995) [live] Kultur
  • Richard Strauss
  • Salome (Malfitano, Terfel; Dohnányi, Bondy, 1997) [live] Decca
  • Francis Poulenc
  • Dialogues des Carmélites (Schellenberger, Aikin; Muti, Carsen, 2004) [live] TDK
  • References

    Anja Silja Wikipedia

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