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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
1La donna e mobile Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
2Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
3Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
4Where er you walk Popularity:

Opera: SemeleComposer: HandelAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
5Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
6O Isis und Osiris Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
7Cortigiani vil razza dannata Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
8Si vendetta Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-2

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
9Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
10Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
11Un di se ben rammentomi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
12No, no, Turiddu, rimani Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.15-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Turiddu
13Gualtier malde.. Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-1

Type: Voice: T S cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
14Ah! per sempre io ti perdei Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
15Suoni la tromba Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio
16Tutte le feste al tempio Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda
17Possente Ftha Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
18Pura siccome un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
19Piangi fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
20Dio di Giuda! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
21Ogni 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
22Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
23Die Frist ist um Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
24Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
25Plebe Patrizi Popolo! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon
26Duca Duca? Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
27Alla vita che t'arride Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
28Pari siamo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
29Figlia! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
30Se quel guerrier io fossi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
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