Full-length role portrait photograph of the tenor as Samson in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila. Signed in full
by THOMAS, Jess 1927-1993
Jess Thomas "made his Metropolitan début in 1962 as Walther (the role of his Covent Garden début in 1969). He then began to concentrate on the heavy Wagnerian roles such as Siegfried, which he sang in the Bayreuth centenary Ring in 1976 and Tristan, which he sang at the Metropolitan and at Covent Garden. Some listeners have felt that the strain of these challenges robbed his voice of freshness and ease; nevertheless, his intelligence and histrionic credibility remained uncommon assets. Other roles included Samson, Florestan, Bacchus and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten; he also sang Caesar in the première of Barber's Antony and Cleopatra for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966. He recorded many of his Wagner roles, including Siegfried, Lohengrin and Parsifal (in the notable 1962 recording under Knappertsbusch)." Martin Bernheimer in Grove Music Online.. From the studio of Louis Mélançon, Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Ca. 253 x 202 mm. (Inventory #: 23972)
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