Lauritz Melchior


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United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973)

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Kultur is proud to announce the DVD release of Lauritz Melchior: The Art of the Heldentenor in Opera and Song Vols.
The voice of Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior (1890-1973) has come to be regarded as the standard by which all other Wagnerian tenors are judged.
I must confess that London figures prominently on my list of singers I wish I had heard live in their prime, right up there with the likes of Maria Callas, Jussi Bjorling and Lauritz Melchior. I've much admired him on record, in his Wagner roles especially, compelled not just by the musicality of a voice that embodied intimacy as readily as power, but also by his detailed attention to text.
Gone are the days when one could watch Helen Traubel and Lauritz Melchior do a love scene separated by so much girth that their breast bones didn't touch.
He doesn't have the tonal warmth or brilliance of his contemporary, Lauritz Melchior, but beats the Great Dane in dramatic expression at every chromatic turn.
The arrival of radio as a serious commercial and technical medium coincided with the beginning of what might be called the Metropolitan Opera's "Second Golden Age," with Caruso and his contemporaries succeeded by the likes of Giovanni Martinelli, Rosa Ponselle, Lauritz Melchior, and, a few years later, Kirsten Flagstad.
What I got were the voices of Lauritz Melchior, Frida Leider and Friedrich Schorr.
In the days of genuine heroic tenors like Francesco Tamagno, Giovanni Zenatello, Lauritz Melchior, Mario del Monaco, or even Jon Vickers, it would be unthinkable for Placido Domingo to be the leading exponent of this role in the world's major opera houses.
In some notes for an unpublished biography, Lauritz Melchior, who many regard as the finest Siegfried of all time, wrote that one of his colleagues, who also sang the role, had counted up the number of words Wagner put in the mouth of his young hero and found more than 6,000.
Caniell has resurrected a complete 1937 Met Siegfried and a 1938 Act II of Parsifal, both with Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad; an incomparably theatrical 1943 Nozze di Figaro with Ezio Pinza and Bidu Sayao; a vivid 1949 New York Philharmonic broadcast of Elektra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos with Astrid Varnay; and all of the extant scenes from Chaliapin's renowned 1928 Covent Garden performance of Boris Godounov.
Like Vickers in Otello, or Lauritz Melchior in Tristan und Isolde or Maria Calls or Jessye Norman in just about anything.
Although Jessner sang opposite many of the great singers of her age, including tenors Lauritz Melchior, Beniamino Gigli and Giovanni Martinelli, Met historians have not been particularly generous to her.