A report on Richard Tucker

Tucker in costume for Andrea Chénier, with Mario Lanza (right), who was a great fan of Tucker's, after Tucker's 1958 Covent Garden debut. This was their only meeting.
As the Duke in Rigoletto, 1971.
Richard Tucker monument in Lincoln Square, Manhattan

American operatic tenor and cantor.

- Richard Tucker
Tucker in costume for Andrea Chénier, with Mario Lanza (right), who was a great fan of Tucker's, after Tucker's 1958 Covent Garden debut. This was their only meeting.

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Jan Peerce in 1953

Jan Peerce

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American operatic tenor.

American operatic tenor.

Jan Peerce in 1953
Peerce at an RCA Victor recording session, c. 1950
The headstone of Jan Peerce
The footstone of Jan Peerce
Peerce as the Duke in Rigoletto

Peerce was the brother-in-law of fellow American tenor Richard Tucker.

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera

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American opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, currently situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

American opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, currently situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center
Giulio Gatti-Casazza
Gatti-Casazza's last week at the Met (March 22–29, 1935)
Artur Bodanzky at the Metropolitan Opera in 1915
Otto Hermann Kahn in Berlin, 1931
Metropolitan Opera House in 1905
The new Met Opera House
Staircase

Eleanor Steber, Dorothy Kirsten, Helen Traubel (Flagstad's successor as Wagner's heroines), Jan Peerce, Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren and Robert Merrill were among the many home grown artists to become stars at the Met in the 1940s.

Arturo Toscanini, c. 1900

Arturo Toscanini

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Italian conductor.

Italian conductor.

Arturo Toscanini, c. 1900
Toscanini in 1908
Caricature of Toscanini drawn by Enrico Caruso
Arturo Toscanini
Toscanini's family tomb at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan in 2015
Toscanini with his wife and daughter Wally
A few of the hundreds of hours of rehearsal tapes featuring Toscanini, residing in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound, a division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Arturo Toscanini, March 1934

Between 1948 and 1952, he conducted ten concerts telecast on NBC, including a two-part concert performance of Verdi's complete opera Aida starring Herva Nelli and Richard Tucker, and the first complete telecast of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Carnegie Hall, New York City, Carnegie-hall-isaac-stern

Alfredo Antonini

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Leading Italian-American symphony conductor and composer who was active on the international concert stage as well as on the CBS radio and television networks from the 1930s through the early 1970s.

Leading Italian-American symphony conductor and composer who was active on the international concert stage as well as on the CBS radio and television networks from the 1930s through the early 1970s.

Carnegie Hall, New York City, Carnegie-hall-isaac-stern
City College of New York -Lewisohn Stadium, New York City (1973)
Philharmonic Hall - Lincoln Center
Avery Fisher Hall with Henry Moore sculpture
A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy (1962)
Jacqueline Kennedy and
Charles Collingwood
Charles Collingwood murrow27s boys

These performances featured arias from the standard Italian operatic repertoire and showcased such operatic luminaries as: Jan Peerce, Eileen Farrell, Richard Tucker, Beverly Sills, Licia Albanese, Eva Likova, Robert Weede, Cloe Elmo and Robert Merrill

Herva Nelli, in the NBC telecast of Aïda, 1949.

Herva Nelli

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Italian-American operatic soprano.

Italian-American operatic soprano.

Herva Nelli, in the NBC telecast of Aïda, 1949.

The soprano was also seen with the Pittsburgh Opera (Un ballo in maschera, 1955), San Francisco's Cosmopolitan Opera (Il trovatore, 1956), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Il trovatore, with Jussi Björling and Ettore Bastianini, 1956), Tulsa Opera (Aida, 1956) and Opera Guild of Miami (Un ballo in maschera, with Richard Tucker, 1959).

Cover of a very early vocal score, c. 1872

Aida

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Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.

Cover of a very early vocal score, c. 1872
Radamès (Giuseppe Fancelli) and Aida (Teresa Stolz) in act 4, scene 2 of the 1872 La Scala European première (drawing by Leopoldo Metlicovitz)
Verdi conducting the 1880 Paris Opera premiere
A scene from the Israeli Opera production performed at Masada in 2011
Props from the Aida set outside the Roman amphitheatre in Verona (2018)
Poster for a 1908 production in Cleveland, showing the triumphal scene in act 2, scene 2
Set design by Philippe Chaperon for act 1, scene 2 at the Cairo première
Act 2, scene 2, set design for the Cairo premiere by Édouard Desplechin
Set design for Aida act 4 scene 2 (1872)

Conducted by Toscanini with Herva Nelli as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, it was televised on the NBC television network.

Callas in 1958

Maria Callas

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American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

Callas in 1958
The apartment house in Athens where Callas lived from 1937 to 1945
The Villa in Sirmione where Callas lived with Giovanni Battista Meneghini between 1950 and 1959
Callas's range in performance (highest and lowest notes both shown in red): from F-sharp below the Middle C (green) to E-natural above the High C (blue)
Callas acknowledges applause in 1959 at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
Callas's rival, Renata Tebaldi, 1961
Tito Gobbi, 1970
Callas during her final tour in Amsterdam in 1973
Aristotle Onassis, who had an affair with Callas before he married Jackie Kennedy
The last residence of Maria Callas, in Paris
Portrait of Callas (2004), by Oleg Karuvits
Maria Callas with her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini in 1957
Callas getting ready with the help of Luchino Visconti in Milan, 1957
Maria Callas as Giulia in the Opera "La Vestale", by Gaspare Spontini, 1954
Churchill with Maria Callas on Onassis' yacht in the late 50s

Bing and Callas later reconciled their differences, and she returned to the Met in 1965 to sing the title role in two performances as Tosca opposite Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi for one performance (March 19, 1965) and Richard Tucker (March 25, 1965) with Tito Gobbi as Scarpia for her final performances at the Met.

Merrill in the 1940s

Robert Merrill

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American operatic baritone and actor, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit.

American operatic baritone and actor, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit.

Merrill in the 1940s
Merrill in the 1940s

In 1973, Merrill teamed up with Richard Tucker to present a concert at Carnegie Hall—a first for the two "vocal supermen" (as one critic dubbed them), and a first "for the demanding New York public and critics," Merrill recalled.

Performance of a Greek tragedy during the stadium's dedication on May 29, 1915

Lewisohn Stadium

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Amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York.

Amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York.

Performance of a Greek tragedy during the stadium's dedication on May 29, 1915
Lewisohn Stadium in 1973, just before demolition

Performers ranged from Van Cliburn, Jascha Heifetz, and Yehudi Menuhin to Leontyne Price, Roberta Peters, Licia Albanese, Jan Peerce, Renata Tebaldi (soprano), Richard Tucker, Placido Domingo, Pete Seeger, Lotte Lenya, Joan Field, Thomas Hayward (tenor), Harry Belafonte, Jack Benny, Benny Goodman, Yma Sumac and conductor Kurt Adler of the Metropolitan Opera.

Richard Tucker Music Foundation

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The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, founded in 1975, carries the name of Richard Tucker.