Therese Maltin Wagners Devoted Kundry was published February 2010 and is available now.

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therese malten wagner's favourite bayreuth kundry front cover


At the age of twenty-six Therese Malten was heard by Richard Wagner when she sang Senta in a performance of his opera Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden. So impressed was he with her singing that he invited her to join the illustrious cast he had assembled in Bayreuth for the world premièr of Parsifal.

Richard Wagner’s Devoted Kundry brings together unpublished letters and photographs of a great Wagnerian soprano and features press notices of triumphant performances in Russia, her own account of rehearsing the role of Kundry with the composer and personal notes describing private moments of joy, despair and final serenity in old age.

This book offers unique insights into the life of a legendary singer.

An important addition to our knowledge of a great Wagnerian soprano.

‘An invaluable and fascinating collection’
Barry Millington, The Wagner Journal

‘Wonderful little book...Magnificently done...A wonderful labour of love’
Robert Matthew Walker, Musical Opinion

‘Mr Letchford deserves our gratitude for transforming Therese Malten from a mere name to a living, three dimensional person and artist in this excellent and most interesting volume. Most highly recommended.’
Mel Siegel, The Record Collector

‘One of the first generation of interpreters of Wagner’s works, Therese Malten has been strangely over-looked in the literature about the great singers of the past. This unique collection of vignettes, original correspondence and other memorabilia brings back to life a nearly forgotten singer from the golden age of opera’.
Professor Stanley Henig, Historic Singers Trust

£25 including postage in UK , Europe £28, Airmail to US £29
Available from the author: Goar Lodge, Smith’s Green, Takeley, Herts., CM22 6NS email:

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