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Subject: LA JUIVE - who would have sung with Tucker at the Met
From: Michael Delos <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Delos <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:03:42 -0500

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Tucker did appear in La Juive on several occasions—at Carnegie Hall in 1964,
London and New Orleans in 1973, and Barcelona in 1974.  However, Tucker's
continued requests to stage La Juive at the Met encountered considerable
resistance. The Met was unwilling to chance the expense of producing what
they viewed as an obscure 19th century French grand opera. Just after New
Year's Day, 1975, Richard Tucker learned that finally, in honor of his 30th
anniversary, the Met would stage La Juive as part of its 1975-76 season. In
addition to Tucker, the cast would include Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda  and
Paul Plishka, with Leonard Bernstein conducting.

Tucker was scheduled to meet with the Met management  January 9, following
his return from a joint recital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his dear
friend, baritone Robert Merrill. But on January 8, during the afternoon
preceding the concert, Richard Tucker suffered a fatal heart attack, and
died at the age of 61. The funeral service was held on the stage of the Met,
in order to accommodate all of the people who wished to pay their respects.

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