therese malten wagner's favourite bayreuth kundry front cover
therese malten wagner's favourite bayreuth kundry back cover


Michael's new book "Therese Malten - Wagner's Devoted Kundry" was published February 2010.

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An invaluable and fascinating collection.
Congratulations on a splendid-looking book

Barry Millington Wagner Journal

Wonderful little book….Magnificently done…
A wonderful labour of love.

Robert Matthew Walker Musical Opinion

Michael Letchford’s collection of documents and photos – lavishly reproduced – is both frustrating and exhilarating. Admitting that his tiny volume is but a ‘footnote to an as-yet unwritten biography’ of Therese Malten, Letchford provides tantalizing glimpses into the era before gramophone recordings could capture the voice of one of the greatest early Wagnerian sopranos…Letchford’s mix of photos, letters newspaper articles and reviews somehow comes together to form a colourful portrayal of Malten, both as singer and later as a private citizen. Letchford’s miniature treasure-trove should go far to keep the great singer’s memory alive.
William Shackelford Opera

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

…it is her own personally written-down insights into the rehearsal process of the Parsifal premiere which are the most fascinating part of this treasurable little book…. The rest of the book is a wonderful assemblage of memorabilia, some of it gushing, from unidentified friends and family... One day it will provide invaluable source-material for anyone who wishes to write a full biography of this lady who must have been an extraordinary singing actress.
Christopher Morley Musical Opinion

It has such an atmosphere about it – showing how much artists and connections to them were valued. As such it seems to say something to me not captured between the covers of any book here. Its closest sonic equivalent would be something like the Melba Farewell.
It has something to do with the book’s small size, and much to do with the fine quality of reproductions you have achieved.You have truly shared the originals with us, your readers.
It is so diminutive and so fine. And I do not (despite what I said) feel disposed to part with it. A precious little jewel-case, from which an individual scent emerges, and for which I thank you most gratefully.

Jerrold Northrop Moore

The book is a delight – it looks wonderful and will sit proudly on my shelf after I finish reading it. Such a beautiful production in every way – I shall treasure it.
Roger Beardsley Historic Masters

Therese is a triumph! My congratulations on your commitment and diligence in bringing this wonderful project to fruition. It is a beautiful book, splendidly illustrated and a treasure that I shall always value.
Paul Campion author of Ferrier – A Career Recorded

Received Therese Malten yesterday, read it in one sitting, with enormous pleasure. The book is exquisitely produced. The mix of fascinating flotsam and jetsam with painstaking commentary coalesces into something like a Borges ficcion.….has an allure and a mystery all its own.
Matthew Gurewitsch