Hines [Heinz], Jerome [Albert Link ]
- Richard Bernas
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[Albert Link ]
(b Hollywood, CA, Nov 8, 1921; d New York, NY, Feb 4, 2003). American bass and composer. He studied chemistry, mathematics, and physics at the University of California, Los Angeles; he taught chemistry there for a year, then worked briefly in the oil industry. While at UCLA he also studied voice with Gennaro Curci. He made his debut at the San Francisco Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto at the age of 20 (1941), afterwards appearing with various American orchestras and the New Orleans Opera. His success influenced his decision to concentrate on singing. In 1946 he won the Caruso Award, which included a debut at the Metropolitan Opera (as the Sergeant in Boris Godunov). He spent most of his career with that house, while also establishing a solid international career. In the years immediately following his initial successes, he performed in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City and in concert with Arturo Toscanini (for a recording of the Ludwig van Beethoven’s ...