|Year of Birth:||1936|
|Year of Death:||2006|
Frank Little (né Francis Easterly Little, on March 22, 1936; died on February 22, 2006) was an operatic lyric tenor and educator.
Born in Greeneville, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains, he matriculated at East Tennessee State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Northwestern University. Little's official debut was as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, in 1970, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, his first of many appearances with that theatre, including the world premiere of Penderecki's Paradise Lost (as Michael), in 1978, which was seen at the Teatro alla Scala the following year. He also gave a private, command performance for Pope John Paul II.
With the Metropolitan Opera, the tenor debuted as Narraboth in Salome, opposite Maralin Niska, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, in 1977. He then portrayed Jonas in John Dexter's new production of Le prophète, with Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto (later Rita Shane), and James McCracken, also in 1977. From 1978 to 1980, Little sang Cassio in Otello, opposite Jon Vickers (later Richard Cassilly), Katia Ricciarelli, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. He also recorded Cassio for RCA, in 1978, with Plácido Domingo, Scotto, and Sherrill Milnes, under Levine.
In 1980 and 1981, Little was heard as The Painter/The African Prince in the Met's premiere of the completed version of Lulu, with Teresa Stratas (later Julia Migenes), conducted by Levine, in Dexter's production, which was televised.