V0547. THOMAS STEWART: SONGS OF GAMBLING AND THE SEA, incl. Songs by Foster, Moore, Copland, Barber, Giannini & Ives; FIVE SEA CHANTIES (arr. Dougherty); FIVE GAMBLER SONGS (arr. Niles); w.EVELYN LEAR: Mary Ann; Wayfaring Stranger; Uncle Joe's Reel. VAI 1122, recorded 1958-78. - 089948112228
"Thomas Stewart, was an American baritone who was renowned for his portrayals of Wotan, Amfortas and other central Wagnerian roles and who was heard frequently at Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera....his commanding quality came less from the size or mettle of his voice, which was surprisingly lyrical for a Wagner baritone, but from his imaginative approach to his roles. He gave his characters a measure of warmth and expressivity that made them seem complex and surprising."
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 26 Sept., 2006