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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
1Io tenni la promessa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.16

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
2Pari siamo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
3Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller
4Che faranno i vecchi miei Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jake Wallace
5La donna e mobile Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
6Gran Dio! Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo
7Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
8Alzati la tuo figlio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
9Un tal baccano in chiesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
10Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
11Possente Ftha Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
12Del futuro nel buio discerno Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
13Lo vidi e il primo palpito Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
14Chi mi toglie il regio scettro Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
15Plebe Patrizi Popolo! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon
16Alla vita che t'arride Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
17Minnie dalla mia casa son partito Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jack Rance
18Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
19Tutte le feste al tempio Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda
20Die Frist ist um Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
21Son pur queste mie membra Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
22Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
23Ah! per sempre io ti perdei Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
24Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
25Sacra la scelta e d'un consorte Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller
26Dio di Giuda! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
27Cortigiani vil razza dannata Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
28L'offeso onor Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva
29O monumento Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba
30Tu sul labbro dei veggenti Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
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