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Open Features: Lawrence Tibbett

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Lawrence Tibbett who made is name as an opera singer in Verdi's Falstaff.

Born
16th. November 1896 in Bakersfield, California.

Adolescence
Began as actor, then sang in light opera.

Adult life
Studied in New York with Frank la Forge. New York Met debut 1923 as monk in Boris Godunov. Made his name as Ford in Verdi's Falstaff 1925. Sang there till 1950, creating baritone roles in Taylor's The King's Headman and Peter Ibbotson and Grunberg's Emperor Jones. He was outstanding as lago in Otello & other Verdi roles, eg Rigoletto and Simon Boccanegra, and such Puccini roles as Gianni Schicci and Scarpia. He was an outstanding success in Porgy and Bess. Covent Garden debut as Scarpia. Made several films.

He died 15th. July 1960 in New York aged 63.

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