Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charles Anthony

La Cieca reports that veteran tenor Charles Anthony has died at 82.

He sang in 2,928 Metropolitan Opera performances of 109 roles, starting with the Simpleton in Boris Godunov on March 6, 1954 and continuing at the house to a final Emperor Altoum in Turandot on January 28, 2010. He sang 159 performances as the Innkeeper in Rosenkavalier, more than 200 performances of Turandot in three different roles, and sang five different roles in Boris.

At his audition, he was advised not to sing under his birth name, Charles Anthony Calogero Antonio Caruso, so dropped his surname.

Here's the AP obituary for you, and here's the NYTimes obit.

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