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Leonard Warenov (Warren, Leonard)

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Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1960 AD, at 48 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer

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1911 - Leonard Warenov, born on the 21st of April to Russian parents in the Bronx of New York.

1935 - His father wished to employ him as a businessman in his fur company, but he entered the choir of the Radio City Music Hall.

1938 - He entered the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air.

1939 - In January, he made his Met debut as Paolo in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, opposite stars like Lawrence Tibbett, Ezio Pinza , Giuseppe Martinelli and Elisabeth Rethberg.

1942 - He took over Tibbett’s roles (the older singer was experiencing a vocal decline) and appeared as Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto (he sang the role 88 times), Iago, Don Carlo, Tonio, Amonasro, Valentin and Escamillo among many others.

1944 - He also sang the role in a Madison Square Garden Red Cross benefit concert.

1953 - He appeared at La Scala in Milan.

1958 - He made a highly successful tour of the Soviet Union, but for most of his career he remained in New York and sang at the Met.

1960 - He collapsed during a performance of La Forza del Destino and died on the 4th of March of a heart attack on stage.


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