Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972)

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schoen
Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart

Helge RosvaengeThe Danish tenor Helge Rosvaenge (aka Roswaenge, Rosenvinge) made his debut at Neustrelitz as Don Jose in 1921. Engagements followed at Altenburg, Basle, Cologne (1927-30) and the Berlin Staatsoper, where he was leading tenor from 1930, being especially distinguished in the Italian repertory. He also sang regularly in Vienna and Munich. He appeared at Salzburg between 1933 and 1939 as Tamino, Huon (Oberon) and Florestan, which he also sang at Covent Garden in 1938. He sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1934 and 1936 but otherwise avoided the Wagnerian repertory. After World War II Rosvaenge divided his time between Berlin and Vienna, continuing to sing until the late 1960s as Calaf, Radames and Manrico. His voice showed no sign of age; it was warm and sonorous, even throughout its scale, and brilliant and lustrous in its top register. (Harold Rosenthal)

This recording is from the Beecham set made in 1937 in Berlin. Rosvaenge’s delivery is a bit heavy for my taste, and I find the incessant scooping and sliding annoying.

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