Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Retiring from the Met

Calogero Antonio Caruso, better known to a few generations of opera lovers as Charles Anthony, is retiring after 57 years and 2,927 or so performances of dozens of comprimario and lead roles. He's 80 and he has pretty much seen it all since Rudolf Bing hired him. His first role was the Simpleton in Boris Godonov, on March 6, 1954 and he's singing Emperor Altoum in Turandot tomorrow for his last scheduled appearance. The City Room posting about Mr. Anthony includes a video interview of the tenor, conducted by Patricia Racette. Wish I'd been that close to debuting singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price!

Au revoir, and have a wonderful retirement, Charles Anthony!

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