Thursday, December 18, 2014
Janis Martin (August 16, 1939 – December 13, 2014)
Janis Martin has died. I wrote here about our common experiences at Sacramento State in the late 50s. I also reviewed her in the recording of Die Frau ohne Schatten here.
She told me once that Erwartung was the hardest role she ever had to learn. In Berlin I saw her sing Tosca and The Countess in Figaro. Afterward we went out and had steak. She knew where to get steak in Berlin at that time of night.
I saw a number of her performances at the San Francisco Opera, including Brünnhilde in the 1990 Ring Festival, and a fabulous Ortrud where she upstaged the entire cast. I was present in the audience when she received the San Francisco Opera medal. She had a big beautiful voice and was an intense actress as well.