Helge Rosvaenge and Gerhard Hüsch sing "In Heiligster Stunde" ("Solenne in quest'ora"), duet from Act III of Verdi's opera "La Forza del Destino".
The opera "La forza del Destino" was composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni and Francesco Maria Piave based on Don Alvaro o La Fuerza del Sino by Angel de Saavedra Duque de Rivas. It was first performed at Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 1862-11-10 and published by Ricordi. The opera is set in Italy and Seville.
Helge Rosvaenge (Helge Anton Rosenvinge Hansen) was born in Copenhagen in 1897. He was one of the most popular and beloved tenors of the XXth century. He was largely self-taught, taking only a few lessons with a local singing teacher. He was known as 'The Knight of the High D'. In 1951 he received the Gold Ring of the Vienna State Opera Gallery. Birgit Nilsson is the only other singer to have received this tribute, a sign of sincere gratitude for an unforgettable contribution to opera. He died in Munich in 1972.
Gerhard Hüsch (Heinrich Wilhelm Fritz) was born in Hannover in 1901. This esteemed German baritone and pedagogue received his training from Hans Emge in Hannover. Gerhard Hüsch had an exceptionally beautiful baritone voice. With his honeyed baritone, superb musicianship, and high intelligence, Gerhard Hüsch was among the most admired Lieder interpreters of the 1930's. After 1945 Gerhard Hüsch retired to Munich and made second outstanding career as a master teacher of vocal interpretations, latterly also in London. He died in Munich in 1984.