• Gösta Winbergh

    Gösta Winbergh

    The Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh studied engineering and played in a rock band through the 1960s, before pursuing vocal studies at the age of 24 in his home town, Stockholm.  His debut took place in Göteborg as Rodolfo in La Bohème (1973).  He became a …

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  • Janine Micheau

    Janine Micheau

    On April 17th 1914 Janine Micheau was born in Toulouse. At the local conservatory she began her vocal studies and later attended the Conservatoire National Paris. As Cherubino in “Le nozze di Figaro” Micheau made her debut in 1933 at the Opéra Comique and enjoyed …

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  • Robert Merrill

    Robert Merrill

    Robert Merrill was born Moishe Miller on June 4th 1917 in Brooklyn/New York. Like many artists of the „Italian department“ at the MET in these days, Merrill´s family, too, had their roots in Eastern Europe: his parents had emigrated from Poland some years before he …

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  • Giuseppe Valdengo

    Giuseppe Valdengo

    Giuseppe Valdengo was born on May 24th 1914 in Turin in Piemont. At the Conservatory of Turin he completed his oboe studies and also studied the piano, violin and cor anglais. It was the composer, Franco Alfano, then director of the Conservatory, who encouraged him …

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  • Gladys Swarthout

    Gladys Swarthout

    Gladys Swarthout was born on December 25th 1904 in Deepwater (Missouri). She was trained at the Bush Conservatory in Chicago and later by the conductor, Leopoldo Mugnone. In 1924 she made her official stage debut at the Chicago Opera House as the Shepard Boy in …

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