B1464. HELEN TRAUBEL. St. Louis Woman [Autobiography]. New York, Duell-Sloan-Pearce, 1959. 296pp. Met Opera appearances; TV appearances; general concert appearances; Photos; DJ.
Traubels is a large, heroic and powerful voice, but achieving a soft tone as well. Generally, it is the quality of the voice that is impressing and the stamina to respond with immense energy to the tremendous tasks of Wagners heroines. Her German is excellent. Isoldes Liebestod is superbly sung. Splendid is her Brünnhilde conducted by Arturo Toscanini. She is a beautiful Elisabeth in a superb cast of TANNHÄUSER opposite Melchior, Janssen, Kipnis and Thorborg. Isoldes Erfuhrest du meine Schmach (under Rodzinski) is overwhelming in its fiery expression. The Wesendonck-Lieder conducted by Stokowski (what a musical partnership!) are sung in a warm and tender manner. She recorded plenty of songs which she used to perform in night clubs after her opera career.
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
"Helen Traubel had every right in the world to go into nightclub singing, but no right at all to remain in opera afterward."
- Mary Garden, THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 18 Jan., 1954