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Barron Berthold



A Wagnerian tenor of the turn of the 20th century, Barron Berthold sang Lohengrin and Sigmund. After 1896, he was the lead tenor of the Walter Damrosch Opera Company in New York and performed Rev. Arthur Dimmsdale in Damrosch's 1896 opera "The Scarlet Letter." Though trained to sing epic roles, he had sufficient range to undertake comic roles--for instance Prince Charlie in Reginald deKoven's "Rob Roy." He also played Gounod's Faust.

Berthold was an expressive singer, with a noticeably less wide vibrato than his contemporaries, an element of throatiness in his vocal production. This made him a credible lover or hero. David S. Shields/ALS