OP1718. LOHENGRIN, Live Performance, 11 April, 1953, w.Stiedry Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Brian Sullivan, Eleanor Steber, Margaret Harshaw, Sigurd Björling, Dezsö Ernster, etc.; LOHENGRIN – Excerpts, Live Performance, 25 Jan., 1947, w.Busch Cond. Helen Traubel, Margaret Harshaw & Osie Hawkins. (Portugal) 3-Gala 100.640. - 8712177053643
"…the great surprise is the Elsa of Eleanor Steber – alas, a singer now almost forgotten. She had absolutely everything needed for the role and then some: a voice of great power and beauty under perfect control, an ability to follow and illuminate every nuance of the text, and intonation that would put Heifetz to shame….while Steber is singing, there seems to be perfection everywhere."
- William Youngren, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 2005
“Brian Sullivan was born on 9 August, 1912 in Oakland, California. He was an actor, known for Cavalcade of Stars (1949), The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and Musical Comedy Time (1950).
A versatile, boyishly good-looking (in his younger days) tenor, he came from Broadway to spend fourteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, beginning with the title role in Benjamin Britten's PETER GRIMES in 1948. Other frequent roles with the company included Alfred in Johann Strauss II's DIE FLEDERMAUS, Tamino in Mozart's ZAUBERFLÖTE, Grigori in Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV, and the title role in Wagner's LOHENGRIN. From what I can glean from the Internet and The Met Archives, Brian Sullivan sang in 162 performances at The Met, including his first performance as Peter Grimes 23 Feb., 1948, and ending with Alceste in 1961. He enjoyed an active career in the United States and Europe.
Brian Sullivan believed he had been engaged to sing in Wagner’s GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in Switzerland. Apparently, he believed that he was contracted to star in the production but, in actuality, was just the understudy to the star, Claude Heater. When he failed to find an opportunity to sing in the production, Sullivan drowned himself on 17 June, 1969, as did Peter Grimes, a case of Life Imitating Art.”
- Lloyd L. Thoms Jr., Greenville, Wilmington, Delaware