Robert Roy Weede

Robert Roy Weede

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 9 Jul 1972 (aged 69)
Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Burial Lafayette, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Memorial ID 93489022 · View Source
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Robert Weede-He was an American operatic baritone. Born Robert Wiedefeld in Baltimore, Maryland, Weede studied voice at the Eastman School of Music and in Milan. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1937, as Tonio in Pagliacci. His other roles at the Metropolitan included the name part in Rigoletto (opposite Jussi Björling), Amonasro (Aïda), Manfredo (L'amore dei tre re), Shaklovity (Khovanshchina) and Baron Scarpia (Tosca). It was with Rigoletto, that he made his debuts in Chicago (1939), San Francisco (1940), and at the New York City Opera (1948). At the New York City Opera, Weede also sang in Pagliacci and in the world premiere of William Grant Still's Troubled Island, opposite Marie Powers, Marguerite Piazza and Robert McFerrin. In Mexico City, the baritone appeared with Maria Callas in 1950, in Aïda and Tosca. Later, he sang again with Callas in Chicago, in Il trovatore and Madama Butterfly. In 1956, he scored a great success on Broadway as Tony Esposito in the original production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, which was recorded by Columbia Records. He was also seen on Broadway in Milk and Honey (1961-63, also recorded) and Cry for Us All (1970). Weede's operatic recordings include excerpts from Bizet's Carmen, for Columbia in 1946, with Risë Stevens conducted by Georges Sébastian; and an album of arias by Verdi for Capitol Records in 1953, conducted by Nicola Rescigno. In 2006, Lebendige Vergangenheit published a Compact Disc of excerpts from his Bizet and Verdi recordings, as well as various live performances from 1948 through 1954. Weede often gave assistance to younger singers, especially John Alexander, Dominic Cossa, Mario Lanza, Seymour Schwartzman and Norman Treigle. He died in Walnut Creek, California, in 1972.


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 12 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93489022
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Roy Weede (22 Feb 1903–9 Jul 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93489022, citing Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette, Contra Costa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .