A Met Brünnhilde is found dead

A Met Brünnhilde is found dead


norman lebrecht

December 16, 2014

Janis Martin, who commanded major Wagner roles at the Met, has been found dead by a visitor at her home in San Antonio, Texas. She was 75. There were no suspicious circumstances.

A Californian, she sang 147 times at the Met, from 1962 to 1997. She also sang with the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1971 to 1988 and at Bayreuth from 1968 to 1997 in 10 different roles.
janis martin abbado

With Claudio Abbado during 1980 rehearsals for Schoenberg’s Erwartung


  • sdReader says:

    Long associated with Wolfgang Sawallisch, from a 1967 Tannhäuser in Milan to a 1992 Die Frau ohne Schatten in Nagoya, the latter now on DVD.

  • John says:

    How sad. I remember her as a wonderful Isolde opposite Jon Vickers at the Chicago Lyric in the late 1970s. RIP

  • Ulex Xane says:

    I saw her as Kundry at Bayreuth in 1996 and she was magnificent (as was Poul Elming, her Parsifal). A great Wagnerian. R.I.P.