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George Shirley

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1934

About George Shirley:

George Irving Shirley (born April 18, 1934) is an American operatic tenor, and was the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Shirley was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Wayne State University in 1955 and then was drafted into the Army, where he became the first Black member of the United States Army Chorus. He was also the first African American hired to teach music in Detroit high schools.

After continuing voice studies with Therny Georgi, he moved to New York and began his professional career as a singer. His debut was with a small opera group in Woodstock as Eisenstein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus in 1959, and his European debut in Italy as Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème. In 1960, at 26, he won a National Arts Club scholarship competition, and the following April he was the first Black singer to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions scholarship competition. Shirley is the first Black tenor and the second Black male to sing leading roles for the Metropolitan Opera. He sang there for 11 seasons.

Shirley has also appeared at The Royal Opera, London; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; the New York City Opera; the Scottish Opera; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Washington National Opera; the Michigan Opera Theatre; the San Francisco Opera; and the Santa Fe Opera and Glyndebourne Festival summer seasons, as well as with numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe. He has sung more than 80 roles.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Un aura amorosa Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.33

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando
2Where er you walk Popularity:

Opera: SemeleComposer: HandelAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
3Fuor del mar Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
4La mia Dorabella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso
5Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
6Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Ferrando
7Tradito schernito Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando
8Bella vita militar! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.29

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: B T S Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
9Eccovi il medico signore belle Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.37

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: B T Br S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Ferrando/Guglielmo/Despina/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
10Di scrivermi ogni giorno Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: quintetVoice: S Mz Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Alfonso
11Secondate aurette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.05

Type: duet,choirVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo
12Una bella serenata Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso
13Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
14Non ho colpa Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante
15Fortunato l'uom che prende Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: B T S S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
16Sani e salvi agli Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: trio,finaleVoice: T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Alfonso/Guglielmo
17Sento o Dio che questo piede Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Alfonso
18Si puo sapere un poco Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.32

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo/Ferrando/Alfonso
19Anges purs anges radieux Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.05-2

Type: trioVoice: S T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Faust/Méphistophélès
20Ah! io veggio quell anima bella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando
21Se il tuo duol Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
22E la fede delle femmine Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso
23La mano a me date Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quartetVoice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Despina/Ferrando/Guglielmo
24Barbara perche fuggi? Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Fiordiligi
25Oh! che bella giornata Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Ferrando/Dorabella/Guglielmo
26Accogli oh re del mar Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.13

Type: Voice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Sacerdote
27E voi ridete? Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.31

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso
28Ah! poveretto me Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo/Alfonso/Ferrando
29Fuor la spada Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando
30Amico abbiamo vinto! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo
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