V2582. HELGE ROSVAENGE, w.Otto Seyfert (Pf.): Zueignung (Richard Strauss); Arias from Fidelio, Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, La Fanciulla del West, Turandot, Pagliacci, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Andrea Chénier, Das Land des Lächelns & Lohengrin. [A truly outstanding solo recital in the glorious Carnegie Hall acoustic! Rosvaenge's fabulous voice ricochets off Carnegie Hall's walls throughout, with a duly excited audience! The Danish competition in New York that night was no less than Lauritz Melchior singing at age 73, at Adelphi College!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-763, Live Performance, 17 April, 1963, Carnegie Hall.
"At the age of 19, I went to Carnegie Hall to hear this famous tenor [above]. I had 'nose bleed' seats and remember vividly his opening number, the scene from Fidelio....I had never heard anything like that in my young life as an opera fan. Thanks for the release of this Carnegie Hall recital and for your speedy delivery."
- Ron Lee
"When the 66-year-old Danish-born tenor stepped onto the stage he was greeted with a great burst of applause and many of his fans stood up to emphasize their welcome....their enthusiasm was augmented with whistles and cheers....it is amazing that he could still sing with such extraordinary volume....their enthusiasm was certainly unbounded."
- Ross Parmenter, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 18 April, 1963
"I was at the Rosvaenge concerts in 1963 at Carnegie Hall, and 1964 at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel. These New York concerts were recorded and are an amazing demonstration of superb technique, passionate singing, and extraordinary communicative skills, and at age 66 and 67!!! At Carnegie Hall Rosvaenge sang the top tenor arias back to back - no tenor singing today would attempt even half of that number."
- Richard Kummins
“Helge Rosvaenge boasted one of the most thrilling tenors of the century. In terms of heights and volume it seemed capable of almost anything its owner asked of it—and he was quite unstinting in its employment. Many of us brought up on 78rpm recordings of opera first encountered him in his quite overwhelming account of Florestan's scena, the only one in my experience that, from a vocal point of view, wholly measures up to Beethoven's exorbitant demands.”
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE
"Helge Rosvaenge, the noted Danish tenor, spent most of his career in German opera houses. A star at the Berlin State Opera from 1929 to 1945, he was a member of the Vienna State Opera after 1930 as well as a guest singer in other major European houses. He sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1934 and 1936, a variety of roles at the Salzburg Festival both before and after the war and appeared at Carnegie Hall in 1963. He was known for the beauty of his voice and the expressivity of his delivery. Despite his nationality he was a pronounced German nationalist and apparently a sincere Nazi, joining the party in 1933. He appeared at the 1939 Nuremberg party rally, was highly regarded by Nazi officials and was one of the foreign artists esteemed by Goebbels for helping to support the German war effort by participating in Wehrmacht request concerts on German radio."
- Frederic Spotts, Great Conductors of the Third Reich