- Martin Bernheimer
(b San Jose, CA, Jan 12, 1920; d New York, March 17, 2005). American baritone. He received his vocal training at the Curtis Institute, Stanford University and the University of Southern California. He won praise as Pelléas in a concert performance of the opera by the San Francisco SO under Monteux in 1947, with Maggie Teyte as Mélisande. Uppman’s light, high baritone and boyish appearance made him a particularly suitable choice, and he repeated the role in his débuts with the New York City Opera (1948) and the Metropolitan (1953); he also made a speciality of Papageno. In London he sang the title role in the première of Britten’s Billy Budd (1951, Covent Garden), a performance subsequently issued on CD and revealing how apt vocally Uppman was for the role. He repeated the part in Paris and, on television, in the USA. He also created roles in Carlisle Floyd’s ...