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 Eugene Conley

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Eugene Conley

Original Name Eugene Thomas Conley
Birth
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Dec 1981 (aged 73)
Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA
Burial Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 103037350 View Source
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Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Conley studied under Ettore Verna, and made his official debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1940. In 1945, he first appeared with the New York City Opera, as Rodolfo in La bohème, and went on to appear with that company until 1950. He also sang with the Opéra-Comique in Paris, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (I puritani, 1949; and Les vêpres siciliennes opposite Maria Callas, 1951), and Covent Garden in London.

The tenor made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1950, in the name part of Faust, and appeared with the Met many times until 1960.

Conley was artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas College of Music from 1960 until his retirement in 1978. From 1960 to 1967, he directed its Opera Workshop. In his retirement year, he presented a joint recital at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, with soprano Maria Powell. Among his students was Barry Craft (tenor) He died in Denton, Texas, at the age of seventy-three.

Conley's discography includes complete recordings of Faust (with Eleanor Steber and Cesare Siepi, for Columbia, 1951), the first recording of The Rake's Progress (conducted by the composer, Igor Stravinsky, for Columbia, 1953), and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (conducted by Arturo Toscanini, for RCA, 1953). In 1999, VAI published, on Compact Discs, a 1952 performance of Rigoletto from the New Orleans Opera Association, with Leonard Warren, Hilde Gueden, Conley, and the young Norman Treigle as Count Monterone, conducted by Walter Herbert. A "pirated" recording of the Verdi Requiem exists, with Herva Nelli and Conley, conducted by Guido Cantelli


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  • Added: 3 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 103037350
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/103037350/eugene-conley : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Conley (12 Mar 1908–18 Dec 1981), Find a Grave Memorial ID 103037350, citing Roselawn Memorial Park, Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Graveman70 (contributor 47270570) .