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date: 05 August 2020

Warren [Warenoff], Leonard locked

  • Martin Bernheimer
  •  and Dennis K. McIntire

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(b New York, April 21, 1911; d New York, March 4, 1960). American baritone . After formal study with Sidney Dietch he entered the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and won a contract for 1938. Following further study in Italy, he made his stage début with the Metropolitan in 1939, as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra; his last complete performance in the house, 21 years later, was as Simon himself.

During his career, which was dominated by New York engagements, Warren won special acclaim in the great Verdi roles and as Barnaba (La Gioconda), Scarpia and Tonio. His voice was huge, smooth, superbly controlled and marked by special freedom in the top range (which extended to the tenor’s high C). Foreign engagements took him to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires (1942), Mexico City (1948), La Scala (1953) and the USSR (...

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