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Cornell MacNeil

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1922
Year of Death: 2011

About Cornell MacNeil:

Cornell MacNeil (September 24, 1922 – July 15, 2011) was an American operatic baritone known for his exceptional voice and long career with the Metropolitan Opera, which spanned 642 performances in twenty-six roles. F. Paul Driscoll wrote in Opera News that he "was a great baritone in era of great baritones — Warren, Gobbi, Merrill, Milnes — and in the contemporary press, comparisons to his colleagues were frequent. But MacNeil's performances had singular musical richness, and moral and intellectual complexity that were his alone. MacNeil may have had rivals, but he had no equals."

MacNeil was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Among his teachers were Friedrich Schorr and Dick Marzollo. He debuted with various companies in the United States from 1953 (including the New York City Opera). In 1969 he became president of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

MacNeil's voice was notable for its huge size and volcanic top notes. Despite some vocal decline in the late 1970s, he maintained a high standard throughout his long career. Two of his most notable roles were the title role in Rigoletto, and Iago in Otello. MacNeil was a regular at the Metropolitan Opera. His debut was on March 21, 1959, as Rigoletto. Rigoletto was also the role he sang the most at the Met, 104 times, including the Met's first telecast of that opera in 1977, in the production by John Dexter.

MacNeil was also well known for the role of Baron Scarpia in Tosca, a role he sang 92 times at the Met between November 2, 1959 and December 5, 1987, which was his last performance with the company.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Die Frist ist um Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
2Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
3Il padre tuo Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Luisa
4Cugino a che munito Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo/Silva
5Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
6Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
7Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
8Andrem raminghi e poveri Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa/Miller
9Signor va non ho niente Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-2

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile
10Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
11Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
12Da quel di che t'ho veduta Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo/Elvira
13Son pur queste mie membra Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
14Chi s'avanza? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: High priest/Abigaille
15O meco incolume Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Wurm
16Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
17Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
18Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
19Cio m'accora Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Iago
20Se quel guerrier io fossi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
21Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Tom/Samuel
22Siam soli Udite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Samuel/Tom
23L'alto retaggio non ho bramato Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: duetVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Wurm
24Gualtier malde.. Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-1

Type: Voice: T S cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
25Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
26Cortigiani vil razza dannata Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
27Donna chi sei? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
28Tu tu signor fra queste soglie Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Walter/Rodolfo
29Figlia! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
30Ogni cura si doni al diletto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
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