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Robert Merrill

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1917
Year of Death: 2004

About Robert Merrill:

Robert Merrill (June 4, 1917 – October 23, 2004) was an American operatic baritone and actor, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1993.

Merrill was born Moishe Miller, later known as Morris Miller, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of tailor Abraham Miller, originally Milstein, and his wife, Lillian (née Balaban), Jewish immigrants from Pultusk, Poland, near Warsaw. His paternal grandparents were Berl Milstein and Chana (née Mlawski), both from Pultusk, Poland.

His mother claimed to have had an operatic and concert career in Poland (a fact denied by her son in his biographies) and encouraged her son to have early voice training: he had a tendency to stutter, which disappeared when singing. Merrill was inspired to pursue professional singing lessons when he saw the baritone Richard Bonelli singing Count Di Luna in a performance of Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera, and paid for them with money earned as a semi-professional pitcher.

In his early radio appearances as a crooner he was sometimes billed as Merrill Miller. While singing at bar mitzvahs and weddings and Borscht Belt resorts, he met an agent, Moe Gale, who found him work at Radio City Music Hall and with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. With Toscanini conducting, he eventually sang in two of the maestro's NBC broadcasts of famous operas, La traviata (with Licia Albanese, in 1946), and Un ballo in maschera (with Herva Nelli, in 1954). Both of those broadcasts were eventually released on both LP and CD by RCA Victor. His ranking as an important NBC performer is evidenced by his inclusion in NBC's 1947 promotional book, NBC Parade of Stars: As Heard Over Your Favorite NBC Station, displaying Sam Berman's caricatures of leading NBC personalities.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Au fond du temple saint (Pearl Fishers Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
3Che gelida manina Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
4Largo al factotum Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
5Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
6O soave fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì
7Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
8No puede ser Popularity:

Opera: Tabernera del PuerteComposer: SorozabalAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
9Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
10Cortigiani vil razza dannata Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
11Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
12Si vendetta Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-2

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
13Silvio a quest ora Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nedda/Silvio
14Di provenza il mar il suol Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Alfredo
15Un di felice eterea Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
16Bess you is my woman now Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy/Bess
17Chi mi frena in tal momento Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11-1

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

Roles: Lucia/Alisa/Edgardo/Enrico/Raimondo/Arturo
18Dunque io son Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.19

Type: duetVoice: Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Rosina
19Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
20O Carlo ascolta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
21Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
22Recitar! mentre preso dal delirio Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
23O mio rimorso! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
24No Pagliaccio non son Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.07-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Silvio
25Credo in un Dio crudel Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago
26Mira di acerbe lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Leonora
27Gualtier malde.. Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-1

Type: Voice: T S cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
28Se il mio nome saper Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
29Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
30Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
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