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Lawrence Tibbett
Lawrence Tibbett

Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (November 16, 1896 - July 15, 1960) is acknowledged as one of the greatest American singers of opera. His original last name was Tibbet, but he alternately spelled it with two "Ts" at the end, which was the version that he approved on his first contract with the Metropolitan Opera. His father was a part-time deputy sheriff, killed in a shootout with desperado Jim McKinney in 1903. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ...

Born in Bakersfield, California, Lawrence Tibbett studied in New York City with Frank le Forge. He became a singer at the New York Met in 1923, building a brilliant career over the ensuing years. He also appeared in movies in the early 1930s. His Hollywood sojourn proved brief, although he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his first film, The Rogue Song, which was a 1930 MGM production, shot in two-color Technicolor. Soon afterwards, he starred in another MGM musical film, New Moon, opposite Grace Moore. Tibbett was made a posthumous member of the charter class of honorees in the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” as consequence of these motion picture performances. Bakersfield redirects here. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Look up Met in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Rogue Song is a 1930 musical romance film which tells the story of a Russian bandit who falls in love with a princess, but takes his revenge on her when her brother rapes and kills his sister. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... The New Moon is the name of film versions of the operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and others. ... Grace Moore photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Mary Willie Grace Moore (December 5, 1898 - January 26, 1947) was an American operatic soprano and actress. ...

Tibbett's true fame stems, however, from the fact that he was one of the finest baritones ever to appear at the Metropolitan Opera. He was renowned for his affinity with the works of Verdi, notably his breakthrough role of Ford in Falstaff, Paolo in Simon Boccanegra and Iago in Otello. He was an imposing, sinister Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, too, and a swaggering Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen. In addition, Tibbett created leading roles in a number of American operas, including Louis Gruenberg's The Emperor Jones, based on Eugene O'Neill's play. (He sang this in blackface; the character of Brutus Jones is an African-American). He also starred in Howard Hanson's Merry Mount. Tibbett performed the roles of Porgy and Jake in the first album of selections from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, two roles which, on stage, are usually performed by black singers. And continuing in this vein, he made a recording of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's song, Ol' Man River, from Show Boat. VERDI is an acronym for the Italian unification movement, named after the composer Giuseppe Verdi (ardent supporter of the movement) VERDI stands for Vittorio Emmanuelle, Re D Italia (Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy) Categories: Historical stubs ... Adolf Schrödter: Falstaff and his page Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare as a companion to Prince Hal, the future King Henry V. A fat, vainglorious, and cowardly knight, Falstaff leads the apparently wayward Prince Hal into trouble, but he... Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. ... For the Rossini opera, see Otello (Rossini) or for the eurobeat artist see Gianni Coraini. ... Giacomo Puccini Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) is regarded as one of the great operatic composers of the late 19th and early 20th century. ... For other uses, see Tosca (disambiguation). ... Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875), was a French composer of the romantic era best known for his opera Carmen. ... For other uses, see Carmen (disambiguation). ... Louis Gruenberg (pronounced [grÅ«É™nbûrg]) (July 22/August 3, 1884, near Brest-Litovsk, Russia - June 10, 1964, Beverly Hills) was a Russian Lithuania-born American pianist and composer. ... Eugene Gladstone ONeill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was a Nobel- and four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... llustration to Nathaniel Hawthornes short story The Maypole Lovers of Merry Mount Merry Mount is an opera in three acts by American composer Howard Hanson; its libretto, by Richard Stokes, is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthornes short story The Maypole Lovers of Merry Mount, taken from his Twice... Binomial name Stenotomus chrysops (Linnaeus, 1766) The Scup or porgy, Stenotomus chrysops, is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina. ... “Gershwin” redirects here. ... The cast of Porgy and Bess during the Boston try-out prior to the Broadway opening. ... Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of popular music. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... Ol Man River (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) is a song in the 1927 musical Show Boat that tells the story of African American hardship and struggles of the time. ... For films based on the musical, see Show Boat (film). ...

Tibbett sang overseas to enormous acclaim during the 1930s, performing on stage or in concerts in London, Paris, Prague, Vienna and Australia. He had, too, a domestic radio program on which he sang formal music; his sponsor was the Packard Motor Car Company of America. The company chose him to announce the Packard 120 to the world on air; he drove one. When the firm wanted to sell less expensive cars, they persuaded him add popular tunes to his repertoire in order to boost sales. Packard was a United States based brand of automobile originally known as the Ohio Automobile Co. ... The Packard One-Twenty (also One Twenty and 120) was an automobile produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1935 to 1937 and from 1939 through the 1941 model years. ...

Tibbett was a founder of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the most important labor union for solo performing artists. He was the Guild's proactive president for 17 years. His forceful and articulate advocacy of artistic causes was unique in its day. He also was pictured on a set of United States postage stamps in the "Legends of American Music series", celebrating opera singers.

In the early 1950s, Tibbett tried performing in musicals and straight plays. He spent a summer in stock as the Reverend Davidson in Rain and played Captain Hook in a shortlived tour of the John Burrell staging of Peter Pan that was mounted for Jean Arthur. Veronica Lake played Peter. Most notably, Tibbett took over the Italian operatic bass Ezio Pinza's role in Fanny during its original Broadway run. This article is about precipitation. ... This article is about the play by J.M. Barrie. ... Ezio Pinza The Italian bass Ezio Pinza (18 May 1892 - 9 May 1957) was one of the outstanding opera singers of the first half of the 20th century. ... Look up Fanny, fanny in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Lawrence Tibbett died in 1960 in New York City as the result of a fall in his apartment. In later years, he had become reclusive and suffered from alcoholism. It was a sad end for America's best baritone. Incidentally, he is portrayed briefly as a character in the 1991 film Bugsy, although the actor portraying him was shorter and pudgier than the real person. Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Bugsy is a 1991 film which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. ...

Tibbett left a legacy of superlative recordings made in the 1920s and '30s. They are available on CD. His voice was dark, rich and wide-ranging with a characteristic, virile tone. He used his vocal resources with almost profligate abandon during the years of his prime, but seldom at the expense of sensitive musicianship. He was a dashing, compelling actor as well. Sadly, Tibbett's drinking and the strain caused by a hectic private and public life caused a lamentable decline in the quality of his voice during the 1940s, although he was retained on the Met's roster until 1950.

Note: An excellent, thoroughly-researched biography of Tibbett, titled Dear Rogue, by Hertzel Weinstat and Bert Wechsler, was published by the Amadeus Press of Portland, Oregon, in 1996.


  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, corrected Second Edition, edited by Rosenthal and Warwick, London, 1980.
  • The Lawrence Tibbett Papers, a portion of the singer's personal papers, in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Peforming Arts.

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