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McCormack, John

McCormack, John (1884–1945). Irish tenor who took American citizenship in 1917. After studying in Italy, McCormack made his British operatic début at Covent Garden in 1907, reappearing every year, sometimes alongside Melba, until 1914. In 1909 he made his New York début, gaining popularity during the next decade with the Metropolitan, Boston, and Chicago opera companies. His acknowledged limitations as an actor, however, led him to abandon the stage for a concert and recording career. He was a particularly fine interpreter of Handel, Mozart, Verdi, German Lieder, and Irish folk-songs, with a sweetness of tone and a stylish technique, although his later career reached a wider public through a preponderance of popular sentimental ballads, sometimes of dubious quality.

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McCormack, John

McCormack, John (b Athlone, 1884; d Dublin, 1945). Irish-born tenor (Amer. cit. 1919). Without previous instruction, won gold medal at Nat. Irish Fest. 1903. Opera début (as Giovanni Foli) Savona 1906 (Fritz in L'Amico Fritz). London début in concert 1907, later that year at CG; NY début, Manhattan Opera 1909; NY Met 1910. Member Boston Opera 1910–11, Chicago 1912–14. Last sang in opera Monte Carlo 1923 and devoted himself to concerts and recitals. Famous also for singing of Irish and sentimental ballads. Made papal Count, 1928. Last London concert 1938, but sang for charity and on radio during the Second World War and made recordings to 1942.

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McCormack, John

John McCormack, 1884–1945, Irish-American tenor, b. Athlone, Ireland. He made his debut in London in 1907. In 1909, Oscar Hammerstein brought him to the United States. After his debut in New York City he sang with the Boston and Chicago opera companies but after 1914 sang principally in concert and for phonograph records. He was widely beloved for the singing of simple sentimental songs. He became a U.S. citizen in 1917. In 1938 he retired.

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