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Lauritz Lebrecth Hommel Melchior, Danish tenor. Decorated grand cross commander Knightly Order of St. Brigitte; Commander of Dannebrog (Denmark), and Dannebrogsmand; Commander Order of the White Rose of Finland; El Merito of Chile; Grand Verdienstkreutz (Germany); Legion of Honor (France); various other European decorations. Mason.


Melchior, Lauritz Lebrecth Hommel was born on March 20, 1890 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Son of Jorgen Conradt and Julie (Moeller) Melchior.


Educated Melchior’s School, Copenhagen, 1896-1905. Doctor of Humane Letters, Wagner College, Staten Island, 1951. Doctor of Humanities, Philothea College, London, Canada.

Doctor of Literature, Trinity Southern Bible College of South Carolina. American Inger Nathansen, November 1915 (deceased).


. Debut baritone, Copenhagen Opera, April 2, 1913. Tenor, October 8, 1918. Has sung Covent Garden, London, 1925-1972, at Wagner festivals, Bayreuth, 1925-1972.

With Metropolitan Opera Company, 1926-1950. Has appeared with marked success in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, etc. Singer to Royal Court of Denmark Kammersanger.

Also a career in television, radio and motion pictures, latest picture. (Paramount) The Stars Are Singing. Founder administrator Heldentenor Foundation, 1968-1973.

Special lecturer for handicapped, Teachers College Columbia University President Royal Guard Outside Denmark.




Married second, Maria Hacker, May 26, 1925 (deceased). Children: Ib Jorgen, Birte Inger.

Jorgen Conradt Melchior

Julie (Moeller) Melchior

Maria Hacker

Ib Jorgen Melchior

Birte Inger Melchior