White, Robert, American tenor; b. N.Y., Oct. 27, 1936. He was the son of Joseph White, the “Silver Masked Tenor” of the early radio era in N.Y. He began his career with appearances on Fred Allen’s radio program when he was 9. After studying music at Hunter Coll., he continued his training with Boulanger and Souzay in France; then completed his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (M.S., 1968), where he found a mentor in Beverley Peck Johnson. He sang with the N.Y. Pro Musica and appeared with various American opera companies before becoming successful as a concert singer. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Irish ballads. He sang in a “Homage to John McCormack” at N.Y.’s Alice Tully Hall during the 1985-86 season.
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