Traubel, Helen

Major Metropolitan Opera Wagnerian soprano 1937-53, appeared in concert, Broadway, TV and film

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(1899-1972) St. Louis-born dramatic soprano best known for her Wagnerian roles, especially Brunnhilde and Isolde. She began as a concert singer and sang at the Metropolitan Opera 1937-53. From the 1950s, she also had a career as a nightclub and cabaret singer, and appeared in TV, films and musical theatre. She debuted as a concert singer with the Saint Louis Symphony in 1923 and in 1926 got an offer to join the Met after performing the aria "Liebestod" under conductor Rudolph Ganz but turned it down to continue her studies and concert career. Traubel made her opera stage debut on May 12, 1937, when composer Walter Damrosch asked her to portray Mary Rutledge in the world premiere of his opera "The Man Without a Country" at the Met. That year she made her Chicago City Opera debut with whom she was active until it went bankrupt in 1939. In 1940 she joined the Chicago Opera Company, remaining with that company until it too went bankrupt in 1946. She sang with the San Francisco Opera 1945 & 1947, debuting as Brunnhilde in "Die Walkure" in 1945 with Lauritz Melchior as Siegmund. Since the Met already had 2 major Wagnerian sopranos, Kirsten Flagstad and Marjorie Lawrence, Traubel had difficulty finding her niche. Her regular Met member debut was as Sieglinde in "Die Walküre" in 1939, the only standard role she had previously sung, at the Chicago Opera. In 1941, Traubel and Melchior sang excerpts from Wagnerian operas on a live NBC Symphony Orchestra concert under Toscanini. She later triumphed in "Tannhauser" and "Tristan und Isolde", renowned for her strong voice. In 1948, while her Met career was at its height, President Truman contracted her to act as an "advisor" to daughter Margaret, hoping to launch a career as a classical singer. Her Met contract was not renewed in 1953 when General Manager Rudolf Bing disapproved of her radio & TV appearances and her desire to expand her lucrative career in supper and night clubs. After the Met, she appeared on Broadway in Rodgers & Hammerstein's failure, "Pipe Dreams" and appeared in the films "Deep in My Heart", "Gunn" and "The Ladies Man." She also appeared opposite Groucho Marx in a Bell Telephone Hour abridged presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado." A baseball fan, she was once part owner of the St. Louis Browns, her home team, and also wrote 2 murder mysteries. For her contribution to the recording industry, Helen Traubel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1994 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Frameable signed 3 x 5 card

Condition: Very Good, light uniform toning
Type:Signed Card






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