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Sherrill Milnes


The Verdi baritone is nearly a vocal enter and of itself. These tasks require outstanding breathing control along with the ability not merely to sing solid high records, but to sing for prolonged periods within the upper area of the baritone range. Milnes experienced both these, and for some time even considered a profession like a Wagner tenor rather than baritone. His timbre had not been to all likes, but his vocal presents, musicality, and effective stage presence produced him the best baritone in the Met, where the majority of his profession was concentrated. He originated from a musical family members, and his mom was his 1st instructor. As often occurs in such family members, he learned to try out not merely the piano, but a great many other tools, both in the string as well as the brass family members. He analyzed at Drake with Northwestern University or college, anticipating a profession like a music instructor rather than like a performer, and sang within the Chicago Symphony Chorus beneath the famous Margaret Hiller, also playing bass inside a jazz music group privately. He also analyzed for an interval with famed soprano Rosa Ponselle, and was an apprentice in the Santa Fe Opera, known for starting new artists in addition to functions. In 1960, he effectively auditioned for the Boris Goldovsky Opera Organization, probably one of the most renowned touring businesses in america, and produced his opera debut together as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He continued to be together for five years, performing lots of the main Verdi baritone assignments, in addition to graduating towards the name function of Don Giovanni, and in addition appearing at various other opera houses like the Baltimore Opera in 1961. In 1964, he made an appearance at the brand new York Town Opera as Valentin in Faust, and produced his Italian debut on the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. Another year he provided his first functionality on the Met as Valentin, contrary Montserrat Caballe in her Met debut function. In 1967, he made the function of Adam Brant in Levy’s Mourning Turns into Electra. His Vienna Condition Opera debut in 1970, within the name function of Verdi’s Macbeth, brought him to worldwide fame. He produced his Chicago debut in 1971 as Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo in addition to his Covent Backyard debut as Renato in El ballo in maschera. Through the 1980s, he underwent a vocal turmoil, and made fairly few operatic performances afterwards (having pretty much reached retirement) though he continued to be energetic as an oratorio vocalist and recitalist, and a conductor. His Iago in the documenting of Otello with Adam Levine (BMG GD 82951) verges on getting outrageous, but is non-etheless one of the most stunning recordings of this function. A recital Compact disc on Decca (443 929) of components generally from early in his profession showcases his fine best notes in addition to strong technical service.

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Full Name Sherrill Milnes
Education Northwestern University, Drake University
Nationality American
Music Songs Rigoletto: Quartet: Bella figlia dell'amore, Nemico della patria, Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu, Tosca: Te Deum, Rigoletto: La donna è mobile & quartet, Four German Songs: Auf geheimem Waldespfade, See the Raging Flames Arise, Song of The Dagger, Four German Songs: Meeres Stille, Andrea Chenier: Nemico della patria, Four German Songs: Am Kreuzweg wird begraben, Four German Songs: An den Wind, La Forza del Destino: Urna fatale, Il cavallo scalpita, Otello: Atto III, Sweethearts, Too Weak to Kill the Man I Hate, Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir, Les Pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint, The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Largo al factotum", Ah! du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act I, Scene I. "La ran la le ra... Largo al factotum", La Bohème , Act III: "Marcello.Finalmente", Il Barbiere di Siviglia : La ran la le ra la ran la la ... Largo al factotum ..., Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 1 - "La pietade in suo favore", Act I: Nei cieli bigi, Act I: Questo Mar Rosso, Pagliacci: Si puo?, Il Trovatore: Act II: Scene 2: Perchè piangete?, Il Trovatore: Act I: Scene 2: Tace la notte!, Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile" - "E là il vostr'uomo"
Albums La fanciulla del West, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto (Highlights), La Bohème, Attila (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Lamberto Gardelli), La forza del destino, Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, The Baritone Voice, Up in Central Park, Così fan tutte, Great Operatic Duets, Aida, Requiem, Op. 48 / Pelléas et Mélisande, suite, Op. 80 / Pavane, Op. 50 (Chœur et orchestre symphonique de Montréal feat. conductor: Charles Dutoit), Thomas: Hamlet, Tosca, Domingo Conducts Milnes!; Milnes Conducts Domingo!, Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball), Puccini: La Boheme; Opera in Four Acts, Lincoln Portrait & Other Works, Macbeth (New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Riccardo Muti), Carmen, Verdi: Otello, Verdi: Macbeth, Salome (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Eric Leinsdorf), Pagliacci (London Symphony Orchestra & The John Alldis Choir feat. conductor: Nello Santi), Thais, Luisa Miller (National Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Peter Maag), Great Artists at the MET, Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca: Opera in Three Acts (New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Zubin Mehta), I Vespri Siciliani (New Philharmonia Orchestra & John Alldis Choir feat. conductor: James Levine), Otello, Guglielmo Tell, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Julius Rudel), Works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Aida (extraits)
Movies Puccini: Tosca, Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Metropolitan Opera), Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West, Verdi: Luisa Miller: The Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra and Chorus

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1 Distinguished American baritone, one of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera. In 32 years with the Met (1965-1997), his repertoire encompassed virtually all of the great baritone roles in the Italian and French operatic spectrum. He was particularly highly regarded in the operas of Giuseppe Verdi: Amanasro in "Aida," Giorgio Germont in "La Traviata," Renato in "Un Ballo in Maschera," Don Carlo in "Ernani," Posa in "Don Carlo," Monforte in "I Vespri Siciliani," and the title roles in "Rigoletto" and "Simon Boccanegra."
2 Studied voice at Drake University and Northwestern University.



La fanciulla del West 1992 TV Movie Jack Rance
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1978-1989 TV Series Amonasro Count Di Luna Simon Boccanegra (bariton) ...
Don Carlo 1980 TV Movie Rodorigo
Nabucco 1979 TV Movie Nabucco
La Fanciulla del West 1977 TV Movie Jack Rance
Don Giovanni 1977 TV Movie Don Giovanni
I puritani 1976 TV Movie Riccardo
Tosca 1976 TV Movie Il barone Scarpia
And David Wept 1971 TV Movie David
L'enfance du Christ 1964 TV Movie Saint Joseph - Singer



Quartet 2012 performer: "Bella figlia dell'amore"
Combien tu m'aimes? 2005 performer: "La Traviata - Act II: Ah! Dite alla giovine"
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala 1985 TV Special performer: "I pagliacci: Prologue", "Up in Central Park: Close as Pages in a Book", "O Tod, wie bitter bist du", "La Traviata: Pura sicoone un angelo", "Don Carlo: Dio, che nell'alma infondere", "Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel"
Domingo/Milnes Met Gala Concert 1983 TV Special performer: "Au fond du temple saint", "Drinking Song", "O Mimì, tu più non torni", "Enzo Grimaldo", "Solenne in quest'ora", "Urna fatale", "Invano Alvaro", "Si, pel ciel"
Sherrill Milnes: Homage to Verdi 1979 TV Movie performer: "Di Provenza il mar, il suol", "In braccio alle dovizie", "Egli e' Salvo! Oh gioia immensa", "E' gettata la mia sorte", "Pietà, rispetto, amore", "Piangi, fanciulla", "Cortigiani,vil razza dannata", "Si, vendetta"



The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2001 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1997 TV Special Himself
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1991-1996 TV Series Himself / Surprise Guest at Prince Orlofsky's party
Richard Tucker 20th Anniversary Gala 1996 TV Special Himself
A Musical Toast: The Stars Shine on Public Television 1987 TV Movie Himself
Sherrill Milnes at Juilliard: An Opera Master Class 1986 Video documentary Himself - Teacher
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1985 TV Special Himself
Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala 1985 TV Special Bass
Love, Sidney 1983 TV Series Herself
Domingo/Milnes Met Gala Concert 1983 TV Special Baritone
Great Performances 1981-1982 TV Series Himself
The Way They Were 1981 TV Special
Gala of Stars 1981 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Big Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Sherrill Milnes: Homage to Verdi 1979 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show 1975 TV Series Himself - Opera Singer
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1966 TV Series Himself - Opera Baritone

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