Martti Talvela, bass

Martti Talvela (1935-1989) had one of the most remarkable bass voices in opera history. He was noted for his expressive legato singing, and exceptional focus of tone. He also dominated the operatic stage by his sheer size: He was an immense man, standing 201 cm and weighing around 135 kilos.

From 1972 Martti Talvela served as Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Festival, but health problems forced his retirement in 1979. He had been diagnosed with diabetes, and he had other dangers to his health due to his weight. He restricted his operatic repertoire, but expanded his schedule of recitals on the grounds that these were better "to bring my message." In 1973 he received the Pro Finlandia Award and the Finnish State Prize. He was to have assumed the post of Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in 1992.

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A Tribute to Martti Talvela
Martti Talvela, bass
Various Pianists
Finnish RSO
Various Conductors
ODE 945-2

Released 07/1999

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