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    					  David Bispham 
				     Table of Contents     					  Lucienne Bréval

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Robert Blass

Robert Blass


(1867-1930), American bass from New York, went to Germany at the age of twenty to study roles, and made his debut at Weimar in 1895, as King Henry in Lohengrin. He first sang at Covent Garden in 1900; Grau brought him on to New York for a Lohengrin debut, December 24, 1900. During 1902-03, when Mapleson recorded him in Lohengrin, he was paid $5,922.18 for thirty performances of the Landgrave in Tannhäuser, Giacomo in Fra Diavolo, Fasolt in Rheingold, Hagen in Götterdämmerung, Pogner in
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Meistersinger, Fafner in Siegfried, Hunding in Walküre, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and a Peddler in Smyth's Der Wald. He was Gurnemanz in Parsifal when Conried staged it for the first time outside Bayreuth in 1903. Blass sang with the Met until 1910, and returned in 1920 for two seasons to appear in some postwar Wagner performances in English.

LOHENGRIN (King): Side 8/Bands 4, 5, 9

    					  David Bispham 
				     Table of Contents     					  Lucienne Bréval