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Encyclopedia > Robert Weede

Robert Weede (né Wiedefeld, in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 22, 1903; died in Walnut Creek, California, on July 9, 1972) was one of the most esteemed of American operatic baritones. He studied at the Eastman School and in Milan, and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1937, as Tonio in Pagliacci. His other eight roles there included Baron Scarpia (Tosca) and Manfredo (L'amore dei tre re). He debuted as the protagonist of Rigoletto in Chicago (1939), San Francisco (1940), Metropolitan Opera (1945), and at the New York City Opera (1948). Baritone (French: baryton; Deutsch: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza New York State Theater The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnsons New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. ...

At the 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 Aïda and Tosca. Later, he sang with that soprano in Chicago, in Il trovatore and her only appearances in Madama Butterfly. William Grant Still William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 - December 3, 1978) was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. ... Robert McFerrin Sr. ... Maria Callas by Cecil Beaton, London, 1957 Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and perhaps the best-known opera singer of the post-World War II period. ...

In 1956, he scored a great success on Broadway, as the first Tony Esposito in Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, which he recorded. He also had recorded excerpts from Carmen, in 1946, with Risë Stevens conducted by Georges Sébastian. He recorded an album of "VERDI ARIAS" for CAPITOL RECORDS in 1955. Rise Stevens was the leading mezzo-soprano at New Yorks Metropolitan Opera for two decades Rise Stevens (born 1913, New York City) (first name properly spelled Risë and pronounced REE-sah) was an American mezzo-soprano who captured a wide popular audience at the height of her career (1940...

Weede often gave assistance to younger singers, especially John Alexander, Dominic Cossa, Mario Lanza and Norman Treigle Norman Treigle (né Adanelle Wilfred Treigle, on 6 March 1927; died on 16 February 1975) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fifth and final child of a poor carpenter and his wife. ...

¹ Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle (page 217), by Brian Morgan, iUniverse, 2006.

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