V1641. LAURITZ MELCHIOR, w.Ormandy, McArthur & Leinsdorf Cond.: Wesendonck Lieder – Schmerzen & Träume; Arias & Duets (w.Flagstad, Varnay & Janssen) from Rienzi, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger, Tristan, Parsifal, Die Walküre, Siegfried & Götterdämmerung. (Austria) 2-Preiser 89242, recorded 1938-42, partially Unpublished. - 717281892421
“The sonic quality of the digital remasterings is phenomenal in its clarity, resolution of detail, and freedom from noise and distortion….now I can hear [these recordings] splendidly restored and understand how fine they truly are.”
- John P. McKelvey, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2010
“Lauritz Melchior trained with retired Danish tenor Vilhelm Herold. In 1918, now singing as a tenor, Melchior gave his first performance as Tannhäuser. 1924 saw his first performances at Bayreuth (Siegmund, Parsifal), and at Covent Garden (Siegmund), two of the most important theaters of his career. Another crucial debut came in 1926: the Metropolitan Opera, portraying Tannhäuser. The remainder of the 1920s passed by in a whirlwind of newness.
Although in the 1920s Melchior was planning to make Germany the center of his career, the unforeseen Nazification and Great Depression of the early 1930s in fact moved him away from that country's theaters, including ‘Hitler's Bayreuth’. After 1933, the majority of his opera season was spent at the Metropolitan. It was a Dionysiac time for Wagner performance. His only new operatic rôle in the 1930s was Florestan.
Melchior left the Met and the opera after a much publicized kafuffle with incoming General Manager Rudolf Bing, giving his last performance (Lohengrin) in February of 1950."
- Zillah D. Akron