Sherrill Milnes

Biography

Born: January 10, 1935; USA  
The Verdi baritone is almost a vocal type in and of itself. These roles require outstanding breath control as well as the ability not only to sing strong high notes, but to sing for extended periods in the upper part of the baritone range. Milnes had both of these, and for a while even considered a career as a Wagner tenor rather than a baritone. His timbre was not to all tastes, but his vocal gifts, musicality, and powerful stage presence made Read more him the leading baritone at the Met, where most of his career was focused.
He came from a musical family, and his mother was his first teacher. As often happens in such families, he learned to play not only the piano, but many other instruments, both in the string and the brass families. He studied at Drake and at Northwestern University, anticipating a career as a music teacher rather than as a performer, and sang in the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the legendary Margaret Hiller, also playing bass in a jazz band on the side. He also studied for a period with famed soprano Rosa Ponselle, and was an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, known for launching new artists as well as works. In 1960, he successfully auditioned for the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company, one of the most renowned touring companies in the United States, and made his opera debut with them as Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni. He remained with them for five years, singing many of the major Verdi baritone roles, as well as graduating to the title role of Don Giovanni, and also appearing at other opera houses such as the Baltimore Opera in 1961. In 1964, he appeared at the New York City Opera as Valentin in Faust, and made his Italian debut at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. The next year he gave his first performance at the Met as Valentin, opposite Montserrat Caballe in her Met debut role. In 1967, he created the role of Adam Brant in Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra. His Vienna State Opera debut in 1970, in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth, brought him to international fame. He made his Chicago debut in 1971 as Posa in Verdi's Don Carlo as well as his Covent Garden debut as Renato in Un ballo in maschera.
During the 1980s, he underwent a vocal crisis, and made relatively few operatic appearances afterwards (having more or less reached retirement age) though he remained active as an oratorio singer and recitalist, as well as a conductor.
His Iago on the recording of Otello with James Levine (BMG GD 82951) verges on being over the top, but is nonetheless one of the most vivid recordings of that role. A recital CD on Decca (443 929) of materials largely from early in his career shows off his fine top notes as well as strong technical facility. Read less
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  • 151.
    Opera Treasury - Giordano: Andrea Chénier / Levine, Domingo
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39499 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Renata Scotto,  Gwendolyn Killebrew,  David Brand,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 152.
    Opera Treasury - Verdi: Aida / Price, Bumbry, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39498 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Grace Bumbry,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 153.
    Opera Treasury - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63492 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Martina Arroyo,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No 1, Etc / Willcocks
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2410 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  George McPhee
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Scottish National Chorus,  Scottish Festival Brass Bands  ... 
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  • 155.
    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera (Complete)
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460762 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Renata Tebaldi,  Sherrill Milnes,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 156.
    Amore - Opera's Greatest Romances / Price, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63299 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Cesare Valletti,  Anna Moffo,  Rosalind Elias,  Alan Titus  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jonel Perlea  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus  ... 
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  • 157.
    Bravo Domingo
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459352 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carlos Gardel  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rosalind Plowright,  Walter Gullino,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Claudio Abbado,  Georges Prêtre,  Roberto Pansera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 158.
    Massenet: La Navarraise / Horne, Domingo, Milnes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 50167 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Nicola Zaccaria  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Lewis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 159.
    Opera Treasury - Puccini: La Boheme / Solti, Domingo, Caballe
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39496 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Sherrill Milnes,  Judith Blegen
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 160.
    Opera Treasury - Verdi: Il Trovatore / Mehta, Price, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39504 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Leontyne Price,  Sherrill Milnes
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Opera Treasury - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Levine, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39502 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Michel Sénéchal,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Gillian Knight  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Opera Treasury - Verdi: Otello / Levine, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39501 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renata Scotto,  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Paul Plishka
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Puccini Gala - Famous Arias / Caballé, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458212 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Montserrat Caballé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Lorin Maazel,  Nello Santi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 164.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 165.
    Sherrill Milnes In Recital Vol 1 - There But For You Go I
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Josephine McGill,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Jon Spong,  Sherrill Milnes
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  • 166.
    Music Of The American Revolution / Milnes, Mccoy, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80276 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Reid,  Abraham Wood,  Anonymous,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Donald MacCourt,  William Purvis,  Ronald Roseman,  Virginia Brewer  ... 
    Conductor:  Neely Bruce,  Thomas Pyle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liberty Tree Wind Players,  Continental Harmony Singers,  American Fife Ensemble
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  • 167.
    More Greatest Hits / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61982 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jack Judge,  Walter Kent,  Richard Rodgers,  Al Jolson  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Sherrill Milnes,  John Longhurst,  Alexander Schreiner  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerold Ottley,  Jim Clancy,  Richard P. Condie,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  The Vocal Majority  ... 
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  • 168.
    Massenet: Thaïs / Maazel, Sills, Milnes, Gedda, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65479 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Beverly Sills,  Nicolai Gedda
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Mozart: Opera Gala (Highlights From Figaro,Don Giovanni)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4610162 Release Date: 09/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Roberta Peters,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 170.
    Diva / Montserrat Caballé
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65575 Release Date: 08/08/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  José Carreras,  Astrid Varnay,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Alain Lombard,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rhine Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 171.
    Opera's Greatest Duets / Pavarotti, Price, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62699 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Shirley Verrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Georges Prêtre,  Skitch Henderson,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 172.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Opera For Children
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443817 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Lucia Popp,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Silvio Varviso,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 173.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Opera For Everyone
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443818 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Huguette Tourangeau,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Silvio Varviso,  Giuseppe Patané,  Richard Bonynge,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 174.
    Basic 100 Vol 47 - Verdi: Aida Highlights / Leinsdorf, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 62676 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry,  Leontyne Price,  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Granada - The Greatest Hits Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445777 Release Date: 07/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Helen Guy,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Walter Gullino,  Rosalind Plowright,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Marcel Peeters,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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