Kenny Lane

Kenny Lane

Kenny Lane is a dramatic tenor who unfortunately did not have the career he deserved. His physical appearance, under 5'8", does not prepare people for his vocal heft and range. Lane first listened to his first Wagner part (Götterdämmerung when he was 12. Lane knew then that he wanted to be a Wagnerian tenor. Lane devoured the Wagner scores he found at different public libraries, and taught himself the male parts (tenor and baritone). Lane memorized many of the major Wagnerian parts by the time he was 17. Lane auditioned for Friedrich Schorr who encouraged him to become an heldentenor. Lane studied at the Juilliard School, New York University and Columbia University, where he won the Alice M. Ditson Award. Lane participated in the Columbia Opera Workshop. Lane also worked with Lee Straberg to refine his dramatic technique and learn relaxation techniques. Lane went to Palermo where he had a contract to sing Arnold. Unfortunately a strike put an end to that. Lane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1954. Besides few additional Carnegie Hall concerts, Lane did not sing much in public. Lane sang in the American premiere of Alexis in Prokofieff's opera 'The Gambler' and in the role of Mosa in George Antheil's Volpone. Lane sang Otello in 1953 with the New York Great Opera Company. In 1991, Lane participated in three performances during the Hunter Mountain Ukrainian Festival. Before 5000 people, Lane sang Ukrainian favorites and selection from the opera 'Taras Bulba'. Lane had recently an engagement for Tannhäuser at the Tetro Colón, but different mishaps prevented him to sing. Lane has written numerous articles for Wagner News, the Wagner Society of New York Opera News and The Music Journal. In the late 50s, Lane produced, directed, and served as host for WNYC's operatic spotlight program, which featured interviews and live performances that included him. Lane gave also several lecture-demonstrations at the Vocal Record Collector's Society in New York. Lane sang in 10 different languages. Lane is now preparing for another Carnegie Hall concert.

Lane has recorded several CDs for Valhalla Records. Lane sang on those recordings, Tristan, Rienzi, Wesendonck Lieder, Florestan, Arnold, Samson, Le Cid, Andrea Chenier, Sadko, Raoul, Jean de Leyden, Radames etc… Lane shows a powerful, brilliant and dramatically convincing voice. His Florestan's aria is one of the best on record.

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