Blanche Thebom

Biography

Born: September 19, 1918; Monessen, PA  
Born in America to Swedish-American parents, mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom was among the select number of American singers who grew into major careers at the Metropolitan Opera under the management of Edward Johnson. The attractive young singer found opportunities at the country's leading opera house due in large measure to WWII's stopping the supply of experienced artists from making their way to America during those years. Unlike many others, Read more Thebom was sufficiently gifted and well enough prepared to turn opportunity into an enduring career, making herself a valuable company member for more than two decades.

After her family moved to Canton, OH, when she was still a girl, Thebom began singing in a church choir and participated in a school performance of Flotow's Martha. Financial hardships within her family obliged her to seek employment as a secretary, while still performing occasionally at weddings and in various church choirs. When she traveled with her parents to Sweden in 1938, she was invited to perform at a ship's concert. Also aboard the Kungsholm was Kosti Vehanen, then accompanist to Marian Anderson; impressed, he informed the young singer that she should undertake serious study and plan for a career as a professional singer. When she returned to the United States, Thebom found that her employer was willing to provide financial assistance and she began a period of concentrated instruction. She was able to study with such prominent teachers as Lothar Wallerstein and former soprano Edyth Walker. In addition to work on voice production and repertory, she was also trained in languages and stagecraft.

An audition in 1940 led to her being given a contract by impresario Sol Hurok. A recital debut in Sheboygan, WI, was followed in a month's time by her first orchestral appearance. Performing Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with no less an orchestra and conductor than the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, she began a year devoted to touring the States in recital, interspersing occasional appearances in orchestral concerts. In January 1944, her New York Town Hall recital brought several complimentary reviews. That summer, she appeared in the motion picture, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, an engagement facilitated by her poise, fine voice and good looks. November 1944 brought her Metropolitan Opera debut during a Philadelphia visit. Her Brangäne there was followed in December by her first appearance in the Metropolitan's home in New York, this time as Fricka in Die Walküre. Praised for both her fine voice and her stage sense, Thebom began an association with the company which would be her principal home for 22 seasons.

While pressed initially into the Wagnerian wing, Thebom gradually made her mark in the Italian and French repertories as well, ranging to such roles as Marina and Orlofsky (in Fledermaus). In San Francisco she first appeared in 1947 as Amneris; she then ventured overseas, first to Sweden where she was a guest artist for the Stockholm Opera's Golden Jubilee, and, later, to England's Glyndebourne Festival where her Dorabella was heard in 1950. Thebom retuned to Stockholm in 1956 to undertake her first soprano role, Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser, an experiment of limited success. In 1957, she was the Didon in Covent Garden's production of Berlioz's Les Troyens, where critics complained that, while dramatically striking, she was not in good voice.

Following her retirement, Thebom taught and involved herself with a school in California devoted to preparing young singers for early entrance into professional careers. Read less

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Biography

Born: September 19, 1918; Monessen, PA  
Born in America to Swedish-American parents, mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom was among the select number of American singers who grew into major careers at the Metropolitan Opera under the management of Edward Johnson. The attractive young singer found opportunities at the country's leading opera house due in large measure to WWII's stopping the supply of experienced artists from making their way to America during those years. Unlike many others, Read more
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Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Prelude
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Westwärts schweift der Blick (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Brangäne , du? Sag - wo sind wir? (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: O weh! Ach! Ach, des Übels, das ich geahnt! (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Frisch weht er Wind der Heimat zu (Stimme des jungen Seemanns)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Mir erkoren, mir verloren (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Hab acht, Tristan! Botschaft von Isolde (Kurwenal/Tristan/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Darf ich die Antwort sagen? (Kurwenal/Tristan/Schiffsvolk)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden! (Brangäne/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Von seinem Lager blickt' er her (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: O Wunder! Wo hatt'ich die Augen? (Brangäne/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Da Friede, Sühn' und Freundschaft (Brangäne/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: O Süße! Traute! Teure! Holde! Goldne Herrin! (Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Ungeminnt den hehrsten Mann (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Three: Kennst du der Mutter Künste nicht? (Brangäne/Isolde/Schiffsvolk)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Four: Auf! Auf! Ihr Frauen! (Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Four: Herrn Tristan bringe meinen Gruß (Isolde/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Four: Nun leb wohl, Brangäne! (Isolde/Brangäne/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Langsam (Orchestra)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Begehrt, Herrin, was ihr wünscht (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Da du so sittsam, mein Herr Tristan (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Nun will ich des Eides walten (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: War Morold dir so wert (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Ho! He! Ha! He! Am Obermast die Segel ein! (Stimmen des Schiffsvolkes/Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Du hörst den Ruf? (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Auf das Tau! Anker los! (Stimmen des Schiffsvolkes/Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Tristan!...Isolde! (Isolde/Tristan/Ruf der Männer/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Was träumte mir von Tristans Ehre? (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Five: Schnell, den Mantel, den Königsschmuck! (Brangäne/Alle Männer/Kurwenal/Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Vorspiel (Orchestra)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Hörst du sie noch? (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Der deiner harrt - o hör mein Warnen! (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: O laß die warnende Zünde (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Und mußte der Minne tückischer Trank (Isolde/Brangäne)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Isolde! Geliebte!...Tristan! Geliebter! (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Das Licht! Das Licht! (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Der Tag! Der Tag! (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: O eitler Tagesknecht! (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: In deiner Hand den süßen Tod (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: O nun waren wir Nachtgeweihte! (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Einsam wachend in der Nacht (Brangänes Stimme)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Lausch, Geliebter! (Isolde/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Unsre Liebe? Tristans Liebe? (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Doch unsre Liebe (Isolde/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: So stürben wir, um ungetrennt (Isolde/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Habet acht! Habet acht! (Brangänes Stimme/Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: O ew'ge Nacht, süße Nacht! (Isolde/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Rette dich, Tristan! (Kurwenal/Tristan/Melot)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Tatest du's wirklich? Wähnst du das? (Marke/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Wozu die Dienste ohne Zahl (Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Dies wunderhehre Weib (Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Nun, da durch solchen Besitz mein Herz (Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Wohin nun Tristan scheidet, willst du, Isold', ihm folgen? (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Als für ein fremdes Land (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Three: Verräter! Ha! Zur Rache, König! (Melot/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Prelude (Orchestra)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei/Shepherd's pipe song (Orchestra/Englisch Horn)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Kurwenal! He! Sag, Kurwenal! (Hirt/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Öd' und leer das Meer! (Hirt)... Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei/Shepherd's pipe song (Englisch Horn)...Die alte Weise (Tristan/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Wo du bist? In Frieden, sicher und frei! (Kurwenal/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Dünkt dich das? Ich weiß es anders (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Isolde noch im Reich der Sonne! (Tristan/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Noch losch das Licht nicht aus (Tristan/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Mein Kurwenal, du trauter Freund! (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei/Shepherd's pipe song (Englisch Horn)...Noch ist kein Schiff zu sehn! (Kurwenal/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Nein! Ach nein! So heißt sie nicht! (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Der Trank! Der Trank! Der furchtbare Trank! (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Mein Herre! Tristan! Schrecklicher Zauber! (Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Das Schiff? Siehst du's noch nicht? (Tristan/Kurwenal)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Wie sie selig, hehr und milde (Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene One: Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei/Shepherd's pipe song (Englisch Horn)...O Wonne! Freude! Ha! Das Schiff! (Kurwenal/Tristan)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Two: O diese Sonne! Ha, dieser Tag! (Tristan/Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Two: Ich bin's, ich bin's, süßester Freund! (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Two: Die Wunde? Wo? Laß sie mich heilen! (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Three: Kurwenal! Hör! Ein zweites Schiff (Hirt/Kurwenal/Steuermann/Brangäne/Melot/Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Three: Tot denn alles! Alles tot! (Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Three: Sie wacht! Sie lebt! Isolde! (Brangäne/Marke)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Three: Mild und leise wir er lächelt (Isolde)
Tristan und Isolde (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Three, Scene Three: Heller schallend, mich umwallend (Isolde)


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