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BRIAN SULLIVAN, Tenor * 09 August 1917, Oakland, California + 17 June 1969 Geneva, Switzerland;

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He studied at the University of South California and was a student of Lillian Backstrand-Wilson. He first appeared on Broadway in musicals and sang in 1946 in the premiere of “Street Scene” by Weill in Philadelphia. He made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1984 as Peter Grimes. He stayed until 1964 at this house, where he sang twenty roles in 122 performances, including Tamino, Don José, Lohengrin, Narraboth, Lionel in Flotow’s “Martha”, Rodolfo Des Grieux, Dimitrij in “Boris Godunov” and Andrej in “Khovantchina”. Avito in Montemezzi’s “Amore dei tre Re” in San Francisco in 1952 , and Don Carlos in Chicago in 1957 His repertoire included Ferrando, Edgardo, Alfredo, Pinkerton,Faust, Tannhauser, Erik, Florestan, Matteo in “Arabella” and Otello(!). There are varying stories as to the cause of his demise. He was scheduled to sing Siegfried in “Gotterdammerung” in Geneva, and his body was discovered in the Rhone river without him ever singing the role.

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