Lauritz Melchior: The Golden Age of Bayreuth ~ by Ib Melchior

Lauritz Melchior: The Golden Age of Bayreuth ~ by Ib Melchior

The year 1924 was a happy one for lovers of Wagner: The Bayreuth Festivals reopened (after ten years of silence) and the best teachers and artists of the time assembled to help Siegfried Wagner realize his father's intentions. The festivals from 1924 to 1931 also marked the early dominance of the man critic Paul Hume called, "not the world's greatest Wagner tenor; the only one!"

Almost eighty years later, Melchior's vocal achievements, still unequaled, seem to have gone beyond what is humanly possible. His son Ib, drawing from his life experience and sensitively interpreting the papers his father left, reveals to us a man who was larger than life in still another way — a man as good as he was great.

Great Voices Series Special Edition

Includes never before published photographs, annotated index, and music CD

284 pages, 7.5x10 hardcover


Critical Acclaim

“This is a must book, not only for those of us who hold a special place in our soul for the uniquely gifted Danish tenor, but also for all those interested in Wagner, his music and its performances." – Fasolt, June 2003

“…A captivatingly illustrated and told masterpiece of music lore steeped in history and peppered with unforgettable anecdotes. A stirring tribute by a son to his father.”– Leo A. Handel, BIEN review May 2003

About the Author

Ib Melchior, the son of the late Wagnerian tenor, Lauritz Melchior, lives in the Hollywood hills with his wife Cleo Baldon, the prominent designer, and has two sons. As a director, Melchior has won several national awards for television and documentary film short subjects that he wrote, directed and produced. He is the author of best selling critically acclaimed novels based his experiences as a CIC agent: Order of BattleSleeper Agent,The Haigerloch ProjectThe Watchdogs of Abaddon and The Marcus Device, all published by Harper & Row.

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