B0072. The Metropolitan Opera Murders [A Novel]. Helen Traubel. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1951. 234pp. DJ.
“Traubel’s is a large, heroic and powerful voice, but achieving a soft tone as well. Generally, it is the quality of the voice that is impressing and the stamina to respond with immense energy to the tremendous tasks of Wagner’s heroines. Her German is excellent. Isolde’s ‘Liebestod’ is superbly sung. Splendid is her Brünnhilde conducted by Arturo Toscanini. She is a beautiful Elisabeth in a superb cast of TANNHÄUSER opposite Melchior, Janssen, Kipnis and Thorborg. Isolde’s ‘Erfuhrest du meine Schmach’ (under Rodzinski) is overwhelming in its fiery expression. The ‘Wesendonck-Lieder’ conducted by Stokowski (what a musical partnership!) are sung in a warm and tender manner. She recorded plenty of songs which she used to perform in night clubs after her opera career.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile