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Today’s Memory – Richard Tucker

Richard Tucker

August 28, 1913, Brooklyn, New York – January 8, 1975, Kalamazoo, Michigan  


 

Richard Tucker was an American operatic tenor and actor. Tucker was born Rivn (Rubin) Ticker in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Bessarabian Jewish parents who immigrated to the US in 1911.

His musical aptitude was discovered early, and was nurtured under the tutelage of Samuel Weisser at the Tifereth Israel synagogue in lower Manhattan. As a teenager, Tucker’s interests alternated between athletics, at which he excelled during his high-school years, and singing for weddings and bar mitzvahs as a cantorial student. Eventually, he progressed from a part-time cantor at Temple Emanuel in Passaic, New Jersey, to full-time cantorships at Temple Adath Israel in the Bronx and, in June 1943, at the large and prestigious Brooklyn Jewish Center.

Puccini – Tosca E lucevan le stelle

Tucker entered the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the and in 1945, under the baton of Emil Cooper, Tucker made his debut as Enzo Grimaldo in La Gioconda. This debut, one of the most successful in the annals of the Met heralded Tucker’s 30-year career as the leading American tenor of the Met‘s postwar era.

Ponchielli – La Gioconda Cielo e mar Richard Tucker live in 1974

Two years later, in 1949, Tucker’s rapidly ascending career was confirmed when Arturo Toscanini, engaged him to sing the role of Radames for the NBC broadcasts of a complete concert performance of Aida opposite Herva Nelli in the title role, an event heard and seen on radio and television, and eventually released on LP, CD, VHS, and DVD. This was the first complete opera performance ever broadcast on national television.

Verdi – Aida (Opera complete) Director: Arturo Toscanini, With: Herva Nelli, Richard Tucker, Eva Gustavson, Giuseppe Valdengo

Before and after each Metropolitan Opera season, Tucker appeared on concert stages through the U.S., he had a long-running contract with Columbia Records, and eventually recorded for RCA Victor as well. He recorded with  soprano Leontyne Price (especially Madama Butterfly and La Forza del Destino), Maria Callas (Aida), George London, Franco Corelli, etc.

Ruggero Leoncavallo – La Boheme (1963) 1st Act Anna Moffo & Richard Tucker

More on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Tucker

 

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Richard Tucker

28 august 1913, Brooklyn, New York – d. 8 ianuarie 1975, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Richard Tucker a fost un tenor și actor american. S-a născut Rivn (Rubin) Ticker în Brooklyn, New York, părinții săi fiind evrei basarabeni care au imigrat în SUA în 1911.

În adolescență, interesul lui Tucker a alternat între atletism, la care a excelat în timpul anilor de liceu, și cântatul pentru nunți și bar mitzvah-uri ca elev-cantor. În cele din urmă, a evoluat de la cantor cu program redus la cantor cu normă întreagă la diferite Temple evreiești din Brooklyn.

În 1945, sub bagheta lui Emil Cooper, Tucker și-a făcut debutul la Metropolitan Opera, ca Enzo Grimaldo în La Gioconda. Acest debut, unul dintre cele mai de succes din analele Met-ului, a prezentat 30 de ani de carieră a lui Tucker ca fiind principalul tenor american al erei postbelice la Met

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