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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
1Al suon del tamburo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: trio,choirVoice: Mz Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Preziosilla/Carlo/Mayor
2A voi tutti salute! Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.20

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfio/Turiddu/Lola
3Vi prego signorina Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Geronte/Manon/Dancing Master
4Padre eterno signor Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Mayor/Leonora
5Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
6Ohè là, le guardie! Aprite! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.01

Type: trioVoice: B S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: A customs Sergeant/Musetta/Mimì
7Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
8Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
9Fior di giaggiolo Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Mz T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lola/Turiddu/Santuzza
10Figlia che reggi il tremulo pie Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.04

Type: trioVoice: cA S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: La Cieca/Gioconda/Barnaba
11Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
12Odi tu come fremono cupi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Renato/Riccardo
13Anima mia piu dell usato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
14Ah! qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Figaro/Rosina
15Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
16Signora che t'accade Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annina/Violetta/Alfredo
17Di fare il segno convenuto Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.04-1

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nedda/Tonio/Beppe
18All armi all armi! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier/Manon
19Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
20Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Tom/Samuel
21Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
22Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
23Nome di Dio Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.06-3

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Tonio/Nedda
24Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
25Siam soli Udite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Samuel/Tom
26Che mai si fa nel suol francese Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Eboli/Rodrigue
27Il cenno mio di la con essi attendi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato
28Ah! Violetta voi signor Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giorgio
29Beato voi, compar Alfio Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.09

Type: trioVoice: cA Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alfio/Santuzza
30Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
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