Frieda Hempel

In her Jenny Lind Costume-Recital, in Carnegie Hall Centennial's Celebration of Jenny Lind's birth. This was the first picture published in color from the oil painting by John Rae, who sat in the first row of Carnegie Hall and sketched Hempel for the Woman's Home Companion, Feb. 1923 issue, the special article dealt with Lind's successful debút in America at Castle Garden, which Barnum had just converted to a concert hall to present her. Previously it was a fort. This oil painting hangs in the Ricard Wagner Music Drama Institute where Mr. Lane teaches voice production and trains artists in all the roles of the Shakespeare and Wagner oeuvres.

 

Frieda Hempel

 Kenneth Lane's voice teacher from 1954-1956 when she left to return to Germany where she knew she was dying of cancer. Picture taken at Metropolitan Opera, American première of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier - in the pivotal role of the MARSCHALLIN, which she created for the Berlin première earlier.

 

Karin Branzell

Kenneth Lane studied voice technique and coached Wagnerian roles with her at Manhattan School of Music. She was one of the leading Wagnerian Mezzos and Contralto appearing opposite Melchior at the MET Opera.

 

Alexender Kipnis

This legendary Metropolitian Opera bass along with Frieda Hempel prepared Kenneth Lane for his solo Ten Language début at Carnegie Hall. This singer was one of the greatest basses in history performing the role of Boris and all the Wagnerian bass roles. His lieder recitals are considered among the best ever as are his recordings for the Hugo Wolf Society both memorable and historic.

 

Friedrich Schorr

At age 23, Kenneth Lane auditioned for him.  When he started his full voice singing, a flabbergasted Schorr literally fell off his chair amazed at the size of his voice.

Friedrich Schorr is considered, to this day, the greatest of all Wagnerian baritones, known particularly for his Hans Sachs, shown here in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.