Death of Met’s principal tuba, 92

Death of Met’s principal tuba, 92


norman lebrecht

August 13, 2019

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.

Details here.



  • Paul says:

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

  • NYMike says:


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    How appropriate that his funeral is in a place called Valhalla!

    • Bill says:

      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.

  • Ilio says:

    RIP. I was fortunate to see him in Gotterdammerung his last season with the MET.