Lawrence Tibbett, Singing Actor

Lawrence Tibbett, Singing Actor

Lawrence Tibbett, Singing Actor

Lawrence Tibbett, Singing Actor

Synopsis

Amadeus This is the first collection of writings that deal with the life and career of the great American baritone, Lawrence Tibbett. In the articles and interviews selected for inclusion in this volume Tibbett writes about his artistic concerns: voice production, singing and acting on stage and in film, operatic teamwork, opera and the movies, modern music, and a variety of related topics.

Excerpt

By William R. Moran

Being born at the right time helps, as long as one is mentally and physically equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that happen to be available at any given period. So it was with Lawrence Tibbett. the article in the 12 January 1925 issue of Time, which carried the story of Tibbett's "discovery" at the Metropolitan Opera, also carried on the music page an item which Time editors evidently considered newsworthy:

In a formal drawing room, softly rugged -- the studio of Station weaf, Manhattan -- sat a score of notables in evening garb. in the broadcasting room stood John McCormack. in front of him was a microphone. He sang Adeste Fideles with quartet and orchestra, the Berceuse from Jocelyn. Then Miss Lucrezia Bori rendered La Paloma, airs from La Traviata; then the two of them sang a duet from the same opera. Before Mr. McCormack sang his crowning ballad, Mother Machree, telegrams began to arrive from far states congratulating the singers. At the concert's end, the selected notables in the reception room rose and beat their palms together.

Results: Mr. McCormack was advertised; Miss Bori was advertised; the Victor Talking Machine Co. was advertised; millions of radio fans heard two great singers pipe their sweetest; tremors shook the frames of Broadway producers, managers. During that evening, many plush playhouse seats had been left gaping by folk who had stayed home to hear Miss Bori, Mr.McCormack.

Said Arthur Hammerstein, producer: "Broadway lost over $100,000 because of that concert. . . ."

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