Some of Harry's clients included Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands; oil-family scion John Mecom Jr.; baseball executive Walter O'Malley; opera singer Lauritz Melchior
; the maharajah of Jaipur; Prince Stanislaw Radziwill of Poland; and Miguel Aleman Valdes, a former president of Mexico.
Notably, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde appears eight times--the earliest performance featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior
from the 1938 radio broadcast and the most recent featuring Deborah Voigt and Roger Dean Smith in a high-definition performance from 2008.
New York, NY, January 31, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Lauritz Melchior
: The Art of the Heldentenor in Opera and Song Vols.
Opera, oratorio, art song, sacred song, music theater, jazz, pop, and folk all had a place in their studio at the Ansonia Hotel, where they shared a floor with Met opera stars, Lauritz Melchior
and Bidu Sayao.
Singing from the late 19th and early 20th centuries--the age of Enrico Caruso, Nellie Melba, Antonio Scotti and all the other big names from the early history of recording--is often described as a Golden Age, as is Wagner singing from the 1920s-1940s as practiced by the likes of Frida Leider, Lotte Lehmann and Lauritz Melchior
. I'm sure readers will have other candidates for operatic Golden Age status.
I used to watch Lauritz Melchior
and Margaret Truman record their songs and often wondered if this was the nearest I would get to the bright lights."
In the 1930s, it proved that Richard Wagner's music dramas could sell out the house, and such Wagner specialists as Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior
virtually took up residence.
There are several other estimable Wagnerian singers in this cast, including Helen Traubel, debuting here at the Met (Brunnhilde), Lauritz Melchior
(Siegmund), Friedrich Schorr (a tremulous but authoritative Wotan) and Alexander Kipnis (Hunding).
A few of the singers (Olivero, Rise Stevens) offer pithy commentaries, but it is the visual and sonic appeal of such megastars as Franco Corelli, Ezio Pinza, Fritz Wunderlich, Victoria de los Angeles, Lauritz Melchior
, Conchita Supervia, and Lawrence Tibbett that leave you breathless.
16, at 64; Jacques Lipchitz, pioneer of cubist sculpture, May 26, at 81; Lauritz Melchior
, leading Wagnerian tenor of the 1930s and 1940s, Mar.