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Stefan Zucker (born 1949) is an American singer, expert on Italian opera and self-described "opera fanatic." He was listed in the 1980 Guinness Book of Records as the "world's highest tenor" for having hit and sustained an A above high C for 3.8 seconds at The Town Hall in New York City on September 12, 1972.
Zucker earned a Bachelor of Science in philosophy from Columbia University and studied for a Ph.D. in that subject at New York University.
Zucker was the editor of Opera Fanatic magazine and hosted the radio interview program of the same name on WKCR-FM radio in New York City from the 1970s to 1995. The program was broadcast weekly on Saturday evenings. Zucker and his audience (who participated by means of comments called in during musical segments) were highly focused on great singers and singing technique. Several opera singers considered to be greats of their age joined Zucker in the studio for long interviews that featured in depth discussion of the physical technique of voice production, musical and dramatic interpretation, and great singers of the past. Visitors included Magda Olivero, Franco Corelli, Jerome Hines, Alfredo Kraus, Francisco Araiza, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Grace Bumbry Carlo Bergonzi and others. The radio show featured regular "Name the Voice" challenges to listeners, in which listeners were asked to identify voices from historic recordings. In another regular feature, listeners voted for their favorite tenor of the century.