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Arnold Voketaitis

Singer details:

Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1930

About Arnold Voketaitis:

Arnold Voketaitis (born May 11, 1930, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American bass-baritone of Lithuanian descent who had an active singing career performing in operas, concerts, and recitals from the late 1950s through the 1990s. He enjoyed a particularly successful partnership with the New York City Opera and has performed with most of the major opera companies in North America. A strong actor, he has a powerful voice with a wide range and fine timbre.

Born in Connecticut, Voketaitis is a graduate of Quinnipiac University. Before his singing career, Voketaitis worked as a cars salesman, jazz trumpeter, and a radio announcer. He studied voice under Elda Ercole, Leila Edward and Kurt Saffir in New York City.

Voketaitis began his singing career touring as soloist with the United States Army Band ("Pershing's Own") in 1956. With the Army Band, Voketaitis had the opportunity to perform for President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House.

After winning several singing competitions in 1957 along with a Rockefeller Award, Voketaitis made his professional opera debut as Vanuzzi in Richard Strauss's Die schweigsame Frau at the New York City Opera (NYCO) in 1958. The following year he returned to the NYCO to portray "The Stage Manager" in the world premiere of Hugo Weisgall's Six Characters in Search of an Author. Voketaitis remained a regular performer with the NYCO up through 1981, singing such roles as Creon in Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus rex, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, and Theseus in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream among others. He notably sang the role of the Father in the NYC premiere of Douglas Moore's Carry Nation in 1968.

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Popular videos featuring Arnold Voketaitis:

Le Cid Opera in four acts O noble lame etincelante Placido Domingo Voice 177528
O noble lame étincelante
(Le Cid)

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Opera: Cid, LeComposer: MassenetAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Rodrigue
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