V0038. KENNETH LANE, w. Otto Herz (Pf.): Carnegie Hall recital, undated. [For the tenor aficionado who 'thinks' he has it all . . . ] Valhalla VRCD 1594. Long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy, booklet Inscribed & Autographed by Kenneth Lane!
“Kenneth Lane is a dramatic tenor who unfortunately did not have the career he deserved. His physical appearance, under 5'8", does not prepare people for his vocal heft and range. Lane knew that he wanted to be a Wagnerian tenor. Lane devoured the Wagner scores he found at different public libraries, and taught himself the male parts (tenor and baritone). Lane memorized many of the major Wagnerian parts by the time he was 17. Lane auditioned for Friedrich Schorr who encouraged him to become an heldentenor. Lane studied at the Juilliard School, New York University and Columbia University, where he won the Alice M. Ditson Award. Lane participated in the Columbia Opera Workshop. Lane also worked with Lee Strasberg to refine his dramatic technique and learn relaxation techniques. Lane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1954. Besides few additional Carnegie Hall concerts, Lane did not sing much in public. Lane sang Alexis in the American premiere of Prokofiev's opera THE GAMBLER and the role of Mosa in George Antheil's VOLPONE. Lane sang Otello in 1953 with the New York Great Opera Company. Lane has written numerous articles for Wagner News, the Wagner Society of New York Opera News and The Music Journal. In the late 50s, Lane produced, directed, and served as host for WNYC's operatic spotlight program, which featured interviews and live performances that included him. Lane gave also several lecture-demonstrations at the Vocal Record Collector's Society in New York.”