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Greatest Opera Singers
Monday, April 23, 2012
Francis Maclennan (Tenor) (Bay City 1873 - Port Westminster 1935)
Educated public high schools of Bay City; studied music with J. F. Mount at Bay City, Carl E. Dufft and Joseph Tamaro of New York and in Europe with Georg Henschel and Franz Emerich. Debut as Faust in Gounod's opera Covent Garden, London, then appeared at the Berlin Royal Opera, Hamburg Stadttheater, at Antwerp and all large cities of the United States and Great Britain and Canada; created Parsifal in the English production of Henry W. Savage in the U.S. Debut in Berlin as Turiddu, Royal Opera, 1907, there created the roles of Renaud in Leoncavallo's Maia, 1910. Leontes in Goldmark's “A Winter's Tale”; created the role of Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” at it first performance in America and the first English production in Germany (Royal Opera, Berlin, 1907); member Chicago Opera Co., 1915-7. Principal roles include Radames, Pinkerton, Raoul, Othello, Rienzi, Tristan, Siegmund, Siegfried, Herodes and others. In 1904 he married the soprano Florence Easton, and since then they have been constantly associated in both opera and song-recitals. In 1908 he made in Berlin four records for Gramophone.