Rosenshein, Neil , American tenor; b. N.Y., Nov. 27, 1947. He studied at Wilkes Coll. in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1967), and with Jennie Tourel and others at N.Y.’s Juilliard School (1969). He made his operatic debut as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Cocoa Beach, Fla. (1972); his first appearance in Europe was as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam (1982). He made frequent appearances with the major U.S. and European opera houses thereafter, and also sang with the leading orchs. On June 2, 1986, he made his Covent Garden debut in London as Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Alfredo in La Traviata on Nov. 19, 1987. In 1988 he sang in the premiere of Argento’s The Aspern Papers in Dallas. On Dec. 19, 1991, he created the role of Leon in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1994 he appeared in Santa Fe as Cavaradossi. Among his other roles are Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Oberen, Werther, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Alfonso in Korngold’s Violanta, and the title role in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.
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