Cordon, Norman

Signed 1941 program portrait as Kezal from Smetana's "The Bartered Bride"

Price: $15.00

Description:
(1904-1964) No. Carolina-born bass-baritone opera singer with Metroplitan Opera 1936-46, music educator. He sang with the Merrimen Vocal Quartet of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra for 3 years and in his last year there sang minor parts with the San Carlo Opera Company, singing in "Tosca" for the Chicago Opera Company's 193334 season. That led to a 3-year contract with the Chicago Opera Company, during which time he schooled himself in operatic parts, learning the complete scores of more than 20 major roles. For the Chicago company he performed 22 major roles, with few repeats, in 32 days. He supplemented his Chicago appearances by singing with opera companies in St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Toronto. He was with the Metropolitan Opera 1936-46 and enjoyed top billings. At the Met he sang in "Rigoletto" and in 600+ appearances played dozens of roles. He was most famous for Mephistopheles in "Faust", "Lohengrin", and "Carmen". His operatic career was capped by 2 years of solo concert appearances all across the US and one Broadway musical, 1947 "Street Scene." He made numerous recordings of opera, folk songs, popular songs, spirituals, and read Rudyard Kipling's poems and Joel Chandler Harris's "Uncle Remus" stories. A 1946 honorary degree from UNC inspired him to come back to the state in 1948 and devote himself to developing active cultural interest and participation in a state-wide program of music, with an emphasis on opera. For the next 16 years he traveled all over the state making a persuasive plea for musical enhancement of the life of the state. 10 x 7 heavy paper b&w signed portrait from San Francisco Opera performance of "The Bartered Bride" as Kezal, undated but from Seattle, May 1941.

Condition: Very good
Type:Portrait






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