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Lauritz Melchior: The Wagner Roles 1929-1940

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Biography

Born: March 20, 1890 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Lauritz Melchior was the first of the great Wagnerian heldentenors (heroic tenors) to sing on records, and he was the first operatic tenor to sing on radio. His recorded legacy is considered a benchmark for all subsequent Siegfrieds and Tristans. One can only imagine what a legacy was lost when he and his wife fled Germany in 1939; his home there was subsequently occupied and looted by both German and Russian soldiers and a collection of unpublished recordings was used for target practice. Melchior...
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