Gloria Lane

Gloria Lane Krachmalnick (June 6, 1925 - November 22, 2016, Trenton, New Jersey) was an American operatic mezzo-soprano who had an active international performance career from 1949 to 1976. In her early career she distinguished herself by creating roles in the world premieres of two operas by Gian Carlo Menotti, the Secretary of the Consulate in The Consul (1950) and Desideria in The Saint of Bleecker Street (1954); both roles which she performed in successful runs on Broadway and on international tours. For her performance in The Consul she was awarded a Clarence Derwent Award and two Donaldson Awards.

Lane was also a regular performer at the New York City Opera from 1952 to 1960, and was heard as a guest artist with several important American opera companies during the 1950s. After 1960, Lane's career was primarily centered in Europe. She made appearances in leading roles at many of the most important European opera houses during the 1960s, including La Scala, The Royal Opera, and the Vienna State Opera among others. She was particularly admired for her portrayal of the title heroine in Georges Bizet's Carmen. In the 1970s she performed briefly as a dramatic soprano in performances at the Glyndebourne Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Vancouver Opera. After retiring from singing in 1977, she taught voice out of a private studio in Los Angeles.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 6, 1925, Died November 22, 2016

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: mezzo-soprano

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 76228 4/27/1950 Part 1-Overture: Deep in my heart, dear ; Serenade ; Students' marching song Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76229 4/27/1950 Part 2: Golden days Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76230 4/27/1950 Part 3: Drinking song Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76231 4/28/1950 Part 4: Students' marching song Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76232 4/28/1950 Part 5: Deep in my heart, dear Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76233 4/29/1950 Part 6: Serenade Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76234 4/29/1950 Part 7: Just we two Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76235 4/29/1950 Part 8- Finale: Golden days ; Gaudeamus ; Serenade ; Deep in my heart, dear Gloria Lane ; Lauritz Melchior ; Lee Sweetland ; Jane Wilson vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76629 4/10/1950 Act I, Scene 1, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76630 4/10/1950 Act I, Scene 1, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76631 4/10/1950 Act I, Scene 1, part 3 & Scene 2, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76632 4/10/1950 Act I, Scene 2, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76633 5/1/1950 Act I, Scene 2, part 3 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76634 4/11/1950 Act II, Scene 1, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76635 4/11/1950 Act II, Scene 1, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76636 4/11/1950 Act II, Scene 1, part 3 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76637 5/9/1950 Act II, Scene 2, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76638 5/9/1950 Act II, Scene 2, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76639 5/16/1950 Act II, Scene 2, part 3 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76640 4/11/1950 Act II, Scene 2, part 4 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76641 5/16/1950 Act III, Scene 1, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76642 4/14/1950 Act III, Scene 1, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76643 5/16/1950 Act III, Scene 2, part 1 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 76644 5/16/1950 Act III, Scene 2, part 2 Lehman Engel vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Decca 80384 1/15/1951 Huguette waltz Gloria Lane vocalist, mezzo-soprano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lane, Gloria," accessed January 19, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/326418.

Lane, Gloria. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/326418.

"Lane, Gloria." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 19 January 2022.

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