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JAN PEERCE, Tenor * 3 June 1904, New York, NY + 15 December 1984 New York, NY;

13 Sep

Jan Peerce

Jan Peerce (birth name Jacob Pincus Perelmuth) was born in New York City in 1904. Peerce’s first instrument was the violin and he began his performance career as a violinist for a NYC dance band. In 1933 he was offered a long-term contract as a singer at Radio City Music Hall, New York. The exposure that Peerce received from regular radio broadcasts of Radio City Music Hall performances won him recognition as a gifted performer of classical songs and operatic arias. He made his operatic debut in May of 1938 in Philadelphia as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. Conductor Arturo Toscanini was particularly impressed by Peerce’s vocal talent and shortly after his debut in 1938, Toscanini invited Peerce to sing with the N.B.C Symphony Orchestra. This engagement catapulted Peerce’s operatic career and in 1941 he landed the leading tenor role in Verdi’s La Traviata staged by the New York City Metropolitan Opera. He continued to perform with the Metropolitan Opera until 1966, singing leading roles in Tosca, La Bohème, Faust and many more. In 1956, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, Peerce served as a cultural ambassador to Moscow and was the first American to perform with the Bolshoi Theatre opera. Peerce was also involved in NYC Jewish musical life, making regular appearances as a guest cantor in local synagogues and in cantorial concerts. Peerce also made several recordings of cantorial works and Jewish folksongs.

Courtesy: JEWISH MUSIC RESEARCH CENTRE

Courtesy: Sandy’s Opera Gallery

at the microphone

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studio portrait

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studio portrait

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studio portrait

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in black tie

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smiling

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as Alfredo

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as the Duke in Rigoletto

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again as the Duke in Rigoletto

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again as the Duke in Rigoletto

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as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera

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as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor

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and with Plácido Domingo

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