Tibbett [Tibbet], Lawrence
- Martin Bernheimer
(b Bakersfield, CA, 16 Nov 1896; d New York, 15 July 1960). American baritone. After beginning his career as an actor and as a singer in church and light operas, he studied with Joseph Dupuy and Basil Ruysdael in Los Angeles and with Frank La Forge and Ignaz Zitomirsky in New York, which led to his Metropolitan début as Lewicki in Boris Godunov (1923). A week later he sang Valentin in Faust, but recognition did not come until 1925 when he sang Ford in Falstaff, eclipsing Antonio Scotti in the title role; he eventually succeeded Scotti in the leading Italian roles and remained a principal with the company for 27 seasons, noted, in his prime, for his legato and vivid acting. He sang in the premières of Taylor’s The King’s Henchman (1927) and Peter Ibbetson (1931), Gruenberg’s The Emperor Jones (1933...