Leonard Warren

Leonard Warren

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 4 Mar 1960 (aged 48)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 7431560 · View Source
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Acclaimed Baritone. One of the most dramatic events in the history of the Metropolitian Opera occurred when Leonard Warren cast as Don Carlo during the performance of forza del destino in the second act clutched his chest and pitched forward to the stage. He had suffered a massive heart attack. Later Rodolf Bing stepped before the curtain and announced, "I ask you to honor the memory of one of our greatest artist with a moment of silence". Leonard Warren was dead at 48. He was the son of Jewish Russian emigrants who settled in New York City where his father established a fur business. When Leonard was of age he worked for his father. He always had a good voice and in 1935 joined the chorus of Radio City Music Hall. His break came when he won lst prize on the Metropolitan Opera's show "Auditions on the Air" and was granted a stipend to study in Italy. Returning to America he made his debut at the Met with a small part in November of 1938. Leonard quickly advanced, eventually assuming a leading place among the noted baritones of his time. He sang at all the major opera houses: San Francisco, Chicago, Canada and South America. He appeared at La Scala in Milan in 1953, and in 1958 made a grand tour of the Soviet Union. He is remembered by non-opera followers for his recording of "Sea Shanties", a collection of American songs and patriotic hymns often played during national holidays.

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