Richard Crooks


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(b Trenton, NJ, 26 June 1900; d Portola Valley, CA, 1 Oct 1972). American tenor. He studied with Sidney H. Bourne and Frank La Forge, and first sang in opera at Hamburg as Cavaradossi in 1927. Appearances with the Berlin Staatsoper and in other European centres followed, in roles such as Walther and Lohengrin. He made his American opera début in 1930 in Philadelphia as Cavaradossi, and his Metropolitan début as Jules Massenet's Des Grieux in 1933. He sang leading lyric roles, mostly French and Italian, with the company and elsewhere in the USA for the next ten seasons, then pursued a concert career. Crooks had a beautiful voice which, though limited in the upper register, was admired for its smoothness of tone and production, as can be judged from his many recordings of opera, lieder and lighter music.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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