McCormack, John

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Born: Jun 14, 1884 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Singer


1884 - Born on June 14th in Athlone, Ireland. The famous Irish-born American tenor, John McCormack, began his singing career within the Roman Catholic Church in Dublin, Ireland.

1902 - He became a member of the Palestrina Choir of Dublin's Cathedral, where he received lessons from the choirmaster, Vincent O'Brien.

1903 - Won the gold medal in the tenor section of the Feis Ceoil (National Music Festival) in Dublin, and began making concert appearances there.

1904 - John McCormack first sang in the USA at the St. Louis Exposition.

1906 - His excellent musicianship and promising voice quality landed him his first stage appearance at the early age of 21 under the name Giovanni Foli in the role of Fritz in L’Amico Fritz in Savona.

1907 - Made his Covent Garden debut in the roles of Turrid in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

1909 - John McCormack made his Italian debut as Alfredo in La Traviata at San Carlos, Naples.

1914 - John McCormack’s warm reception from the American audiences prompted his application for American citizenship.

1915- Published his autobiography, "John McCormack: His life story".

1923 - After World War I, he made few appearances in opera, giving his last performance as Gritzko in Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorocbinsk in Monte Carlo in March.

1924 - After an absence of 10 years, he made a triumphant return to England at a Queen's Hall Concert in London.

1928 - He received a number of honours, including being made a Papal Count by Pope Pius XI.

         - He was also honoured by composer Victor Herbert to create the role of Lieutenant Paul Merrill in his opera Natoma.

1937 - He made his farewell to the USA in Buffalo in March.

1938 - He gave his last concert in London at the Royal Albert Hall in November.

1945 - Died on September 16th in Booterstown, Country Dublin, Ireland.
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