Peerce, Jan (ON HOLD)
Popular Jewish-American opera, concert & recording star
Condition: Very good, slight spot at right center edge
Description: “(1904-1984) Jewish-American tenor, earned his first regular money playing the violin and singing popular songs in public in New York. He was a tenor soloist with the Radio City Music Hall company 1932-37. Its radio broadcasts and stage programs embraced light classical music and great moments of opera, and Peerce soon had a national following.
He made his opera debut in May 1938 in Philadelphia as the Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto”, and gave his first solo recital in New York in Nov. 1939. Arturo Toscanini heard him and signed him to sing leading roles in his broadcasts and recordings of opera and choral works. The opera stage beckoned in San Francisco and then New York, making his Met debut Nov. 29, 1941 singing Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and was principal tenor to 1966. He sang Cavaradossi in “Tosca”, Rodolfo in “La Bohème”, and Charles Gounod’s “Faust”. In 1956 made a sensation in Moscow as a musical “cultural exchange” ambassador, being the first American to sing with the Bolshoi Theatre opera. He remained on the staff of the Met through the 1966-1967 season. He also recorded Jewish liturgical pieces as well as Yiddish melodies.
4 1/2 x 5 signed autograph album page, with accompanying 8 x 10 b&w photo portrait