B0094. (MELCHIOR) Shirlee Emmons. Tristanissimo; The Authorized Biography of Heroic Tenor Lauritz Melchior [Foreword by Birgit Nilsson]. New York, Schirmer, 1990. 462pp. Index; Bibliography; Superb Hansen Discography; List of Melchior's Roles; Photos; DJ. - 28730607
"The great Heldentenor (1890-1973) reigned at the Metropolitan Opera from 1926 through 1950 and received added fame (and criticism) for his popular appearances on radio and in movies. Emmons' biography will interest scholars and fans alike; it includes some 70 photographs (from Melchior's own scrapbooks) , a complete list of his operatic roles, and a discography. The Melchior collaborations with great sopranos Leider, Lehmann, Flagstad, and Traubel are celebrated here, along with the tenor's generosity to his colleagues and to tenors who might develop into Wagner tenors and his eagerness to use recordings, radio, TV, and films to spread his love for life and music. This is an excellently drawn portrait of the great man."