Lauritz Melchior as Parsifal

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Performance Chronology

1945-1947

 

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Highlights: Melchior performs for Allied troops in Europe; he films "This Time for Keeps" and "Luxury Liner" at MGM studios in Hollywood; final guest performances at San Francisco Opera (1945); Metropolitan Opera 1945-46, 1946-47 seasons.


"I Want What I Want When I Want It" scene from "Thrill of a Romance"
"I Want What I Want When I Want It" scene from Thrill of a Romance

From the United States to Denmark

14 September 1945-Melchior leaves via LaGuardia airport for Denmark, with a stopover in Iceland on the 15th. According to the New York Times, he is planning to perform for Allied troops in Berlin and Hamburg and also to visit Chossewitz, now in the "Russian zone."  

From Denmark to Germany

 

19 September 1945
  • Special Performance: Melchior gives a concert for British soldiers stationed in Germany today.

 

From Germany to Denmark

 

26 September 1945
  • Special performance: Melchior performs at Danish King Christian's birthday celebration today, at which Melchior is awarded the Commander Cross of the Dannebrog, one of Denmark's highest honors.

From Denmark to the United States

3 October 1945-Melchior is scheduled to arrive in the US from Europe today for the San Francisco Opera Season.
 
 
5 October 1945
 
  • San Francisco Opera: Tristan und Isolde. William Steinberg. Melchior, Janssen, Alvary, Traubel, Glaz   (part of this performance is BROADCAST)
9 October 1945
  • San Francisco Opera: Walküre. Steinberg. Melchior, Alvary, Janssen, Djanel, Traubel, Harshaw. ACT II is BROADCAST
14 October 1945
  • San Francisco Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Steinberg. Melchior, Janssen, Alvary, Traubel, Harshaw.
29 October 1945
  • San Francisco Opera [Shrine Auditorium, LA]: Tristan und Isolde See 14 Oct 1945.

Los Angeles Times: "[Melchior] proved Hollywood had not harmed him but helped him. He looked far more romantic, his comportment was positively graceful and his voice, while slightly thin on top notes, is resonant as ever." (IM Jones, p. A1).

4 November 1945
  • San Francisco Opera [Shrine Auditorium, LA]: Walküre. See 9 Oct 1945.

Los Angeles Times: "[Melchior] is always the Great Dane, the center of whatever scene he is in and not too subtle about making everyone else aware of him. His Siegmund is assured and easy from long experience." (IM Jones, p. 9)

14 November 1945
  • Recital: Russ Auditorium, San Diego, California, Edward Rebner at the piano. The billed program begins with Scandinavian songs by Jordan, Henneberg, Henriquez, and Grieg, continues to lieder by Schubert and Strauss, advances to songs featured in Thrill of a Romance and Two Sisters from Boston and finishes out with "Winterstürme" and "Vesti la Giubba." Most of his recitals this season will consist of these same selections.
18 November 1945
  • RADIO: "Request Performance," ABC. Lauritz Melchior performs a comic duet with Larry Adler.
22 November 1945
  • RADIO: "Victory Loan Show" ABC, 11:30-12:00 PM. Melchior, Arthur Treacher, Frances Langford, Ronald Colman, Marlin Hurt, etc.
26 November 1945
  • Concert, El Paso Texas, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, H. Arthur Brown, conductor. Melchior is featured soloist.
1 December 1945
  • Recital, Chicago, Orchestra Hall: Otto Seyfert conducts.

Chicago Daily Tribune: "There was something for everyone, and to my taste the peaks were...Siegmund's Love Song...the brilliant group of Strauss songs with a matchless performance of "Heimliche Aufforderung," and the delicate loveliness of the Swedish song, "Flyg mina Tankar," always a Melchior triumph on any recital program....In Canio's Lament...he touched his eyes with a kerchief, a gesture that in a less noble performance might have been one of bathos." (Cassidy, p. 28).

11 December 1945

 
  • Special Appearance: Benefit, Police Athletic League, Madison Square Garden. Mayor LaGuardia conducts, and Lauritz Melchior, dressed as a fireman, sings, Frank Loesser's WWII song, "[The Ballad of] Rodger Young."
14 December 1945
  • Met Opera: Tannhäuser. Busch. Melchior, Singher, Cordon, Thebom, Traubel. Met season debut. Paul Breisach conducts the Walküres, George Szell the Götterdämmerungs,  Fritz Busch the Tannhäusers Tristans and Lohengrins and Emil Cooper the Parsifal. Graf is the director of Parsifal, elsewise Wallerstein is stage director.
New York Herald Tribune: "Mr. Melchior...was in good voice." (Bohm, p. 9)

New York Times
: "Mr. Melchior...proved in excellent vocal form, providing by far the most finished and distinguished work of the evening." (Straus, p. 13)

New York Sun
: "Lauritz Melchior's Tannhaeuser has never ranked among his best accomplishments and the constant stress on power cannot make good the diminishing sheen of the voice." (Kolodin, p. 4)
16 December 1945
  • RADIO: Fred Allen Show.
22 December 1945
  • Met Opera: Lohengrin. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Moscona, Thompson, Varnay, Thorborg. BROADCAST

"Miss Varnay and Mr. Melchior made an impressive couple in the first act, their voices carrying splendidly above the orchestra. It was Mr. Melchior who dominated the scene vocally, the clarity of his tone and diction being only occasionally marred by a certain slight explosiveness at the beginning of a note." (New York Herald Tribune?)

23 December 1945
  • RADIO: 2:00 PM, WEAF: Harvest of Stars; Raymond Massey, narrator, Lauritz Melchior, guest, concert orchestra.
27 December 1945
  • Met Opera: Tannhäuser. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Cordon, Thebom, Varnay.
31 December 1945
  • Recording session: MGM records, Hollywood.
[1945-1946 season]
  • Cincinnati, St. Paul, MN, Municipal Arena, Kansas City, MI, Music Hall: scheduled concerts/recitals.

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1946
4 January 1946
  • Met Opera: Lohengrin. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Cordon, Thompson, Jessner, Thorborg.
8,9 January 1946
  • Concerts: Constitution Hall, Washington DC. Hans Kindler. Wagner concerts.
21 January 1946
  • Met Opera: Tannhäuser. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Cordon, Djanel, Traubel.
25 January 1946
  • Met Opera: Walküre. Breisach. Melchior, Kipnis, Berglund, Varnay, Traubel, Thorborg.
New York Herald Tribune: "Mr. Melchior, whose disregard for time values is well known, was more than usually generous with rhythmical improvisations on this occasion and his voice sounded brassy and breathy." (Bohm, p. 9)

New York Times
: "Mr. Melchior pushed tones, and the voice has lost something of it's [sic] vibrant quality, or often lacked it last night....[His seeming] carelessness with his cues and musical entrances [was coupled by a sense of] walking through his part." (Downes, p.23)

New York Sun
: "Lauritz Melchior [struggled] to make his Siegmund dramatically credible. Some of it was impressively sung, but the range of the part becomes increasingly uncomfortable for him" (Kolodin, p. 4)
27 January 1946
  • RADIO: a concert with Lauritz Melchior conducted by Thomas Beecham [from unknown location]
30 January 1946
  • Concert: Memorial Concert for FDR at the Waldorf Hotel, New York.  Melchior is one of the participants and sings "Heimliche Aufforderung" by Strauss, "Because," and "I Love You" by Grieg.
2 February 1946
 
  • Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Busch. Melchior, Berglund, Kipnis, Traubel, Thorborg. BROADCAST

New York Times: "[In Act III] Melchior revealed again what is certainly one of his greatest and most eloquent achievements. The quality of his tone was not uniformly beautiful, but there would be few who would care. His performance was admirably proportioned throughout." (Downes, p. 38)

New York Sun
: "he showed at every turn the accumulated experience and growth he has had in this role, coupled with a vocal quality still unique" (Kolodin, p. 23)

5 February 1946
  • Met Opera in Philadelphia: Walküre. See 25 Jan 1946.
6 February 1946
  • RADIO: Hildegarde, WEAF: Lauritz Melchior, Ted Straeter, Jan Murray, guests.
11 February 1946
  • Met Opera: Götterdämmerung. Szell. Melchior, Janssen, Kipnis, Olitzki, Traubel, Thorborg, Varnay. 

New York Sun: "The Mature Siegfried remains one of Lauritz Melchior's finest roles (along with Tristan and Parsifal), and he was in splendid voice....[his costumes were good] and he was master of nuance and color as well as abundant power [,summoning] so much beauty of sound [for the praise of Bruennhilde in his death scene]. (Kolodin, p. 9)

New York Times: "Mr. Melchior was again in good voice...with ample resources for his task." (Downes, p. 28)

14 February 1946
  • Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Busch. Melchior, Berglund, Cordon, Traubel, Thorborg.
17 February 1946
  • Concert in honor of Melchior's 20th Anniversary with the Met, Met Opera. Busch. Melchior performs staged excerpts from some of his roles- the end of Act I Walküre with Lehmann, Scene II from Tristan with Varnay, Thorborg,and Moscona, and the bridal chamber scene from Act III of Lohengrin with Jessner and Varnay.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: "As in other performances this season, he was in excellent form....There was a tremendous ovation at the end of the "Walkuere" scene."
22 February 1946
  • Concert, [scheduled]: Norfolk Auditorium, USO, Norfolk, VA
8 March 1946
  • Concert, Richmond, VA. Otto Seyfert conducts.
14 March 1946
  • Met Opera: Götterdämmerung. Szell. Melchior, Janssen, List, Olitzki, Traubel, Thorborg, Varnay. 
18 March 1946
  • Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, List, Traubel, Thorborg.
19 March 1946
  • Concert [scheduled]: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
22 March 1946
  • Met. Opera: Parsifal. Cooper. Melchior, Kipnis, Hawkins, Olitzki, Moscona, Thorborg.
26 March 1946
  • Special Appearance: Met Opera: "Yugoslav Independence Day" benefit. Melchior appears to sing "I Love You" and "Because."
27 March 1946
  • Met Opera: Götterdämmerung. Szell. Melchior, Hawkins, Kipnis, Olitzki, Traubel, Thorborg, Varnay. 
30 March 1946
  • Met Opera: Walküre. Breisach. Melchior, List, Berglund, Varnay, Traubel, Thorborg. BROADCAST
18 April 1946
  • Special Appearance: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles: Melchior is scheduled to sing "Ave Maria" at "Jackson Day" ceremonies, a Democratic political rally.
25 April-9 May 1946
  • Concert Tour: Melchior and personal conductor Otto Seyfert.
[5 May 1946]
  • RADIO: Edgar Bergen, WEAF, 8-8:30 PM
3 May 1946-Melchior attends the reception in his honor held by Mrs. Joseph Rodgers, Long Beach, CA, of the Long Beach Civic Opera Association.  
11 May 1946
  • Concert, [announced]: Oakland Forum, Oakland, California
12 May 1946
  • Concert, Hollywood Bowl: Melchior sings "Because" and "The House I Live In"
29 May 1946
  • Concert [announced]: Lewisohn Stadium, NY
5 June 1946
  • RADIO: Bob Crosby, WABC 9:30-10 PM. Lauritz Melchior appears to promote Two Sisters from Boston and sing "Because."
[6 June 1946-New York premiere of Two Sisters from Boston]
9 June 1946
  • Special appearance, Community Jubilee Rally, Briggs Stadium, Detroit, MI. Lauritz Melchior and Dorothy Maynor sing before the crowd of 40,000.
"Both Miss Maynor and Mr. Melchior were generous with encores." Detroit News, p. 6
14 June 1946-Melchior is expected to attend the afternoon tea hosted by Mrs. William L. Williams of Bel Air, CA, of the Southern California Symphony Association for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles' funding drive.  
[Summer 1946]

 

  • Motion Picture: Melchior is filming "This Time For Keeps" at MGM studios in Hollywood and on Mackinaw Island, Michigan. Melchior has third billing after stars Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante.
  • Melchior is signed up to perform at the Robin Hood Dell summer concert series.
[29 August 1946-Mr. and Mrs. Melchior take their final exam for US citizenship in Los Angeles]  
14, 25 September 1946
  • RADIO: Atwater Kent Radio Auditions with fellow judges Traubel, MacDonald and Eddy, and John Charles Thomas.
12 October 1946
  • Recording session: MGM records, Hollywood.
12 October 1946
  • RADIO: Hollywood Community Chest: Jack Benny, Lauritz Melchior, Groucho Marx, Victor Borge, Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton. 11:10 PM-12:00. This is a charity gala held at the Hollywood Bowl.
[November-December 1946]
  • Concert Tour: with conductor Otto Seyfert and a mini-orchestra: including Spokane, WA and Vancouver, BC.
19 November 1946
  • Concert: Portland Public Auditorium, Portland, OR
22, 23 November 1946
  • Concerts: Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
25 November 1946
  • RADIO: WCBS Thanksgiving 4-6 PM: Don Ameche, Burl Ives, Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Margaret Whiting, Lauritz Melchior.
29 November 1946
  • Recital: Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, CA.
2 December 1946
  • Concert: San Francisco. with Otto Seyfert & mini orchestra.
19 December 1946
  • RADIO: Jack Haley, Eve Arden and others; Lauritz Melchior, guest. WNBC.
31 December 1946
  • Recording session: MGM records, Hollywood.
 

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1947

early January 1947
  • Concert Tour: some stops on the tour are the Mosque Theatre in Newark, N.J., and Providence, Rhode Island.
13 January 1947
  • Concert, Symphony Hall, Boston. Otto Seyfert conducts.
15 January 1947
  • Concert, Carnegie Hall. For the Musician's Emergency Fund. Lauritz Melchior and Eleanor Steber give a joint concert. Otto Seyfert conducts. Melchior sings excerpts from Lohengrin and Pagliacci and songs.
17 January 1947
  • Recital, Hunter College, NYC: with Liederkranz Male Chorus and Patricia Benkman, 8:30 PM.
22 January 1947

  • Met Opera: Siegfried. Stiedry. Melchior, Garris, Berglund, Olitzki, Székely, Benzell, Harshaw, Traubel. Melchior's first opera performance of the 1946-47 season. This season, Graf is the stage director for Parsifal; the other Wagner performances are directed by Yannopolis.

New York Herald Tribune: "Mr. Melchior capered about as the young Siegfried in his familiar fashion, and if vocally he committed a few less exaggerations than usual, things in general were much as they have been. Despite the constant forcing, his resources of power are still considerable, but his waywardness of rhythm and his truncated phrases marked by ubiquitous attacks become more and more trying"  (Arthur Berger, p. 16).

New York Times: "A capacity audience received Mr. Melchior's experienced, authoritative performance...with enthusiasm at the end of each act."  p 32

New York Sun: "Looked considerably thinner than last year....His acting has not changed much, and this part has its difficult moments for him. He is yet capable of some magnificent singing, in which authority and skill are equally evident. The constant, brilliant flow of former years is missing."  (Schonberg)

25 January 1947
  • Met Opera: Lohengrin. Busch. Melchior, Hawkins, Ernster, Thompson, Traubel, Harshaw. BROADCAST
28 January 1947
  • Concert: Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY.
30 January 1947
  • Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Martin. Melchior, Hawkins, Székely, Traubel, Thebom. Wolfgang Martin ,debuting, is a last minute replacement for Busch.

Herald Tribune: "Melchior's voice was more clouded than usual" (Arthur Berger, p. 12).

Sun: [Neither Melchior nor Traubel were in good voice] (H.C. Schonberg, p. 21)

New York Times: "[Not] in the best vocal condition, though...occasionally [providing] some appealing vocalism." (Straus, p. 17)

2 February 1947
  • RADIO: Fred Allen Show: title: "Fred Tries to Get Lauritz a Job on Radio." 8:30 PM
3 February 1947
  • Met Opera: Walküre. Stiedry. Melchior, Székely, Janssen, Varnay, Traubel, Thebom. Melchior breaks his toe during Act I, but completes the performance with a splint hidden under his sandals.
"Lauritz Melchior fell on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House last night when leaping from a table in the first act of Wagner's "Die Walkuere." The sword he had wrenched from the tree went flying, but the tenor held his note." (New York Times, p. 32)

New York Sun: "Vocally the favorite tenor was in excellent form, and he sang with undiminished fervor, if some constriction in the upper tones. However, his attempts to stimulate Fritz Stiedry...from the sluggish pace he [Stiedry] favored were largely unsuccessful." (A.W.P. , p. 14)

5 February 1947
  • RADIO: Kay Kyser Show. Melchior sings novelty song "Open the Door, Richard."
7 February 1947
  • RADIO: "Hollywood Jackpot" with Melchior and MGM producer Joe Pasternak
14 February 1947
  • Met Opera: Lohengrin. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Ernster, Harrell, Jessner, Varnay.
16 February 1947
  • RADIO: 9PM. Melchior is guest on Hildegarde's radio show.
20 February 1947
  • Met Opera: Siegfried. Stiedry. Melchior, Garris, Berglund, Olitzki, Ernster, Benzell, Turner, Varnay.
24 February 1947
  • Concert: Constitution Hall, Washington DC, Otto Seyfert conducting. Mr. and Mrs. Melchior also attend a dinner at the Danish embassy.

Washington Post: "Lauritz Melchior sang every number of a taxing printed program last night, repeated one, and gave three encores. And all on the top of two days of ptomaine poisoning....Constitution Hall was filled with an audience eager to hear the Wagnerian tenor....[But] for an artist of Melchior's standing and past achievements to demean himself with his final group of songs is for that artist to fall far below acceptable standards....Nor does it raise the quality of American concert-giving to have the last song of a recital become the occasion for audience participation....Save in the top of his voice, Melchior showed no strain or sign of illness. His delivery of the Lohengrin Narrative was sensitively phrased as always, but his rendition in English of [M'Appari], lowered a whole tone, had nothing to commend it...it was not Melchior's night, but he has had many great evenings, and will perhaps again" (Paul Hume).

27 February 1947
  • Concert: Lauritz Melchior and Irene Jessner sing a concert to aid the Horace Mann (Riverdale, Bronx, NY) School for Boys' scholarship fund at 8:30 PM.
1 March 1947
  • Met Opera: Lohengrin. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Ernster, Thompson, Traubel, Harshaw.
8 March 1947
  • Met Opera: Walküre. Stiedry. Melchior, Moscona, Janssen, Bampton, Varnay, Harshaw. BROADCAST
10 March 1947
  • Met Opera: Tristan und Isolde. Busch. Melchior, Janssen, Ernster, Palmer, Harshaw.
13 March 1947
  • Concert: Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY. Otto Seyfert conducting.
16 March 1947
  • Concert: Des Moines, IA.
17 March 1947
  • Concert, Orchestra hall, Chicago. Otto Seyfert conducting.

Chicago Daily Tribune: "He has the rare gift of communicating his personal stature and his unquestioning conviction to anything he sings....At the start of the concert a shadow of fatigue touched his voice....Of the Scandinavian songs, the soaring brilliance of the Norwegian "Drick" was superbly done, and of the German songs, "Doppelgänger," "Der Atlas," and "Zueignung" led with uncommon beauty to the Straussian encore, "Heimliche Aufforderung," sung as no one I know has sung it since Heinrich Schlusnus." (Cassidy, p. 17).

29 March 1947
  • Concert: Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh PA.
c. 30 March 1947
  • Concert [scheduled]: University of Tennessee Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Knoxville, TN.
4 April 1947
  • Met. Opera: Parsifal. Stiedry. Melchior, Berglund, Janssen, Pechner, Ernster, Bampton. (Final opera performance of 1946-47 season)

New York Times: "Melchior gave his familiar authoritative performance" and, the performance being sold out early, many patrons have to be turned away without tickets. (p. 13)

New York Sun: "Melchior may or may not have been pacing himself for the last half of the second act, but it was not until then that his voice had its customary volume. Dramatically, his conception of the role was in the typical Melchior vein, a law unto itself."

6 April 1947
  • RADIO: "Family Hour" CBS. Melchior sings "Agnus Dei."
7 April 1947
  • Concert, Philadelphia Academy of Music. Otto Seyfert.
19 April 1947
  • Concert, disaster relief, Galveston City Auditorium, TX (a chemical explosion and fires in Texas City on the 16th and 17th had killed hundreds).
20 April 1947
  • Concerts, disaster relief, movie theaters in Houston, TX.
21 April 1947
  • Concert: Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, TX. Otto Seyfert.
"Ora e Per Sempre Addio" [was] sung with a breadth of style and nobility of tone that made one hunger for more....The phrasing of [M'Appari] was appropriate if a bit short-winded and the production was covered and lyrically restrained....The audience of 1,800, made up of few from Dallas' steady music patrons, applauded everything enthusiastically...perhaps the adolescents were disarmed by the announcement that the lieder group was "from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's picture "This Time for Keeps""....His voice showed few signs of wear and none at all after the warm-up group. Never an organ of sensuous beauty, it is most exciting in its clarion F to B range at the top. The veiled quality of the lower register [is well known]. He is a careful and expert vocalizer....Despite his new appeal to a Fred Allen-MGM public the artistic level of his program was respectable." (Rosenfeld, Dallas Morning News, Sec 1 p. 8)
29 April 1947
  • Concert, Svithiod Singing Club 65th Anniversary, Civic theater, Chicago. Knute Hansen conducts.

Chicago Daily Tribune: "The eminent Wagnerian was his customary heroic self as he joined the choristers in two Grieg numbers-he had earlier sung solos by Scandinavian composers..." (Albert Goldberg, p. 21.)

18 May 1947
  • RADIO: Melchior guests on Edgar Bergen's radio show.
13 June 1947-Melchior becomes an American citizen today.
15 June 1947
  • Concert, "Action for Humanity Rally." Hollywood Bowl. [Scheduled]. Sponsored by the Los Angeles United Jewish Welfare Fund.
16-23 June, 1947
  • Recording sessions: MGM records, Hollywood.
26 June 1947
  • Concert, Robin Hood Dell, Philadelphia. Morton Gould. He sings excerpts from Lohengrin and Siegfried, and songs, including "Agnus Dei" from his soon-to-be-released third film, This Time for Keeps.
3 July 1947
  • Concert: Lewisohn Stadium Concert, New York. Alexander Smallens. Melchior sings excerpts from Meistersinger, Siegfried, and Walküre, as well as a number of songs which Melchior announces as being "from his next picture."

    NY Times:
     "From the moment he strode onto the stage, smiling and magnificent in his black tailcoat, he had the audience with him...[the Prize Song was] sung flawlessly and with impeccable intonation...[and the Spring Song was] heroically tender." (C.H.)
28 July 1947
  • Special appearance: [scheduled] Memorial Cancer Hospital Drive at the Vine Street Playhouse in Hollywood today.
24 August 1947-Melchior attends the reception for President Truman's daughter Margaret after the aspiring operatic soprano's Hollywood Bowl debut today. Melchior will also attend Truman's Carnegie Hall recital of 20 December 1949, while the Trumans will attend Melchior's 28 January 1951 concert at Constitution Hall.  
25 August-27 October 1947
  • Motion Picture: Melchior is filming "Luxury Liner" at MGM studios in Hollywood. Melchior has a large supporting role in Pasternak's vehicle for teenage soprano Jane Powell, which also stars George Brent and soprano Marina Koshetz.
9 October 1947
  • RADIO: Kraft Music Hall. Al Jolson, Oscar Levant. Melchior appears as guest to sing "Torna i Sorriento."
Fall-Winter 1947
  • Concert tour with personal orchestra.
17 November 1947-Lauritz Melchior puts his hand and footprints in cement in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood today.  
24 November 1947
  • Concert: Victoria, BC.  Ezra Rachlin. Grieg, Henneberg, Lange-Miller, Gounod, Schubert, Wagner excerpts, and de Curtis, Heuberger, Spielman.
30 November 1947

  • 1. RADIO: Melchior appears on the Chicago radio program "Northwestern Reviewing Stand" discussing the future of American music.
  • 2. Concert: Chicago Civic Opera House.
[4 December 1947-New York premiere of "This Time for Keeps"]  
16-26 December 1947
  • Recording sessions: MGM records, Hollywood.
[25 December 1947]
  • RADIO: "Two Hours of Stars" radio program at 4PM: Don Ameche, Edgar Bergen, Bob Hope, Amos and Andy, Lauritz Melchior, Harry James, etc.

 
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