Lauritz Melchior
Date of Birth
Mar 20, 1890
Birth Place:
Copenhagen, Denmark


Born into a family of middle-class Danish schoolteachers, Lauritz Melchior's singing lessons were financed by his father's housekeeper. After attending the School of Royal Opera in Copenhagen, he made his debut at the Royal Theater in 1913. Originally a baritone, he developed into one of the world's foremost Wagnerian heldentenors, thrilling audiences throughout the world with his appearances in...