Kultur is proud to announce the DVD release of Lauritz Melchior: The Art of the Heldentenor
in Opera and Song Vols.
Among TOR singers who went on to bigger careers were Michael Burgess, Paul Frey, Diane Loeb and Louise Roy Another TOR alumni, tenor Robert Kunzli, studied voice with Macina; today, he's having a fine heldentenor
career based at Staatsoper Hannover.
Mac Master has a considerable reputation as a heldentenor
and in performance proved equal to the vocal heroics required.
Willingness and generosity are more in evidence here than singing of the most consummate control, though Canadian Heldentenor
Alan Woodrow (well-known to British audiences) copes remarkably well with Guntram's difficult writing.
Meanwhile, the budding Heldentenor
may be getting a little unconventional national exposure whenever Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts Edmonton Oilers games.
Janice Watson is an emotionally battered Ariadne, Katarszyna Dondalska's vocal tinkling matches her attractive personality as Zerbinetta, and Peter Hoare mercifully avoids hectoring and bleating in Bacchus' difficult Heldentenor
Though rarely heard in North America, he has emerged in Europe as a star heldentenor
. This Bayreuth production was his 1lth complete production of the Ring since his first in Karlsruhe in 2006, and almost half of these--in Bayreuth, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Milan--had been mounted over the past year in celebration of the Wagner anniversary Right after Bayreuth, he was scheduled to add his 12th production at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, with performances in September conducted by Simon Rattle and a restaging in January 2014 under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
Brennen Guillory brings a genuine Heldentenor
timbre to his bucolic songs, and Emma Curtis deploys an amazing range of colours in her introspective settings.
Lance Ryan is one of the few singers today capable of singing Apollo, and he did very well in the performance I saw on Nov.
Jennifer Wilson was a commanding Senta, with a Wagnerian heft which will take her far, but her upper reaches were as strident as those of the Erik of Arnold Bezuyen, otherwise a very fine and valuable Heldentenor
With few exceptions (South African heldentenor
Johan Botha would be one), Pavarotti-sized tenors are an endangered species today.