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Eugene Holmes

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1932
Year of Death: 2007

About Eugene Holmes:

Eugene B. Holmes (March 7, 1932 - January 19, 2007) was an African American operatic baritone who sang with the New York City Opera, The New Metropolitan Opera and the Düsseldorf Opera.

He was born March 7, 1934 in Brownsville, Tennessee, the eleventh of fourteen brothers and sisters. His father was a Baptist preacher and farmer/sharecropper. Eugene attended Cole elementary school and Washington Technical High school in St. Louis, and then Harris Stowe Teachers State College until his sophomore year, when he auditioned for the St. Louis Music Chore and won a full scholarship to University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

After graduating, he returned to St. Louis where he worked as a social worker in the Pruitt Igo projects. Later he was certified as a teacher and taught elementary school, then high school for several years. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959 aboard on the USS Conflict. During this time, he sang in the Navy Blue Jackets.

Holmes went with a friend to a rehearsal of the American opera The Crucible. There he met accompanist and director Dorothy Zeigler, who was also the first trombonist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Dorothy introduced Holmes to Boris Godofsky, who ran the opera workshop in Wheeling, West Virginia. Godofsky offered Holmes a leading role in his yearly opera workshop for young musicians.

After the clinic, Holmes was offered a scholarship and attended University of Indiana in Bloomington. He began performing with the Metropolitan Opera National Touring Company soon after completing his graduate education. A year later, in 1966, he made his debut in the New York Metropolitan opera filling in for a role in Aida.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Celeste Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
2Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
3Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
4Se quel guerrier io fossi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
5Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
6Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
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