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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