Duesing, Dale, American baritone; b. Milwaukee, Sept. 26, 1947. He studied voice at Lawrence Univ. in Appleton, Wise. Following appearances in Bremen (1972) and Diisseldorf (1974–75), he sang in the premiere of Imbrie’s Angle of Repose in San Francisco in 1976; that same year, he made his first appearance at the Glyndebourne Festival as Strauss’s Olivier. On Feb. 22, 1979, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Strauss’s Harlekin, returning there in later seasons as Rossini’s Figaro, as Pelleas, and as Billy Budd; also sang opera in Seattle, Santa Fe, Chicago, Houston, Brussels, Barcelona, Salzburg, and Milan. Duesing won critical acclaim when he created the tasking role of I in the premiere of Schnittke’s Zhizn s Idiotom (Life with an Idiot) in Amsterdam in 1992. Among his other operatic roles are Guglielmo, Eugene Onegin, Belcore, Wolfram, and Janacek’s Goryanshikov.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire