Richard Tucker


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(b Brooklyn, NY, 1913; d Kalamazoo, 1975).

Amer. tenor. Sang in synagogues as cantor. Opera début NY 1943 (Alfredo in La traviata). Débuts: NY Met 1945, becoming prin. ten. there in It. and Fr. operas; Eur. (Verona) 1947 (with Callas on her It. début); CG 1958; La Scala 1969. Sang in Toscanini concert‐opera perf. (Aida). His brother‐in‐law was Jan Peerce. Only singer whose funeral service took place on the stage of the Met.

Subjects: Opera.

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