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James McCracken

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Voice: Tenor
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1926
Year of Death: 1988

About James McCracken:

James McCracken (December 16, 1926 – April 29, 1988) was an American operatic tenor. At the time of his death The New York Times stated that McCracken was "the most successful dramatic tenor yet produced by the United States and a pillar of the Metropolitan Opera during the 1960s and 1970s."

Born in Gary, Indiana, McCracken's earliest musical experiences were singing in his church choir as a child. While he was in the US Navy during World War II, and sang in the Blue Jacket Choir. He studied music at Columbia University and with Elsa Seyfert in Konstanz, Germany, and then with Joyce McLean in New York City until his death.

McCracken made his professional opera debut in 1952 with the Central City Opera in Colorado as Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème. He sang minor roles at the Metropolitan Opera from 1953 to 1957, while he was still a student. In 1957, he moved to Europe and made his debut at the Vienna State Opera. He had great success with the Zürich Opera.

The role of Otello in Verdi's opera, Otello, was one of his signature roles. Starting in 1963, he became one of the Met's principal dramatic tenors. He replaced an injured Mario Del Monaco at The Royal Opera House in London on very short noticeon 11 April 1964, a performance which was acclaimed by the critics, including Philip Hope-Wallace of The Guardian who described it as: "the audience know at once that this was the voice for the part: large, inclined to perhaps splay a little, but sonorous, the emanation of the true Otello..."James McCracken also starred in Otello and Carmen in 1972; in Aida directed by John Dexter in 1976; in Le prophete in 1977; and in Tannhauser in 1978, his only leading Wagnerian role.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Salut demeure chaste et pure Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Faust
2C'est toi C'est moi Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
3Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
4Parle-moi de ma mere Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: José/Micaëla
5O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
6Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
7La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
8Durch die Walder durch die Auen Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Max
9Je vais danser en votre honneur Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
10Colpito qui m'avete Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
11Sulla tomba che rinserra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Lucia
12Or son sei mesi Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramerrez
13Inbrunst im Herzen Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tannhäuser
14Il primo giudice Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo/A judge
15Nume custode e vindice Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis
16Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
17Quel trouble inconnu me penêtre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Faust
18Manon!..Des Grieux! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier/Lamplighter
19Il etait une fois a la cour d'Eisenach Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 0

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann
20Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
21T'allontana sciagurato Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Arturo/Edgardo/Raimondo
22Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
23Je suis Escamillo Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/José
24Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
25Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
26Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
27Lucia fra poco a te verra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Normanno/Enrico
28Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Florestan/Leonore
29Aida tu non m'ami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames
30Desdemona rea Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Iago
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