Death of Met’s principal tuba, 92

Herbert Wekselblatt, who played 35 seasons in the Met Opera orchestra and pushed through the concept of blind auditions, will have a funeral on Thursday in Valhalla, New York.

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  • I looked forward to his performances in Wagner operas especially. Beautiful tone, elegant phrasing, I never noticed a missed note.

    • There are a number of cemeteries there. It’s named Valhalla because Xavier Reiter, the principal horn player of the Met back in the 1890’s, owned a farm there and advocated for the name. How fitting that Mr. Wekselblatt should be laid to rest there.

  • The Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY, just north of New York City, is also the final resting place of – among many others – Sergei Rachmaninoff, former RCA head David Sarnoff, Geraldine Farrar, Anna Moffo, Emanuel Feuermann, Robert Merrill and Beverly Sills.

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