George London

Biography

Born: May 5, 1919; Montreal, Quebec, Canada   Died: March 23, 1985; Armonk, NY  
George London was one of the most celebrated singing actors of his generation, with an imposing stage presence. In addition to excelling in a wide range of roles, from Mozart's Don Giovanni to Wotan to Scarpia to Escamillo, he was the first North American singer to appear on the stage of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, where in 1960 he triumphed in arguably the greatest Russian male role, Boris Godunov.

London began his vocal training after
Read more his family moved to Los Angeles, when he was 15. He made his operatic debut as Doctor Grenvil in Verdi's La traviata at the Hollywood Bowl, and for a while sang with Frances Yeend and Mario Lanza in the Bel Canto Trio. In 1949, he decided to make his career in Europe, and after an audition with Karl Böhm, joined the Vienna State Opera, where he made his debut as Amonasro, and was an overnight success. He remained a favorite there throughout his career, and was named a Kammersänger.

He made his Bayreuth Festival debut the year it reopened, 1951, as Amfortas, and he also appeared there in the title role of The Flying Dutchman. In 1962, he sang the complete Ring in Cologne, under the direction of Wieland Wagner.

In 1966, one of his vocal chords became paralyzed, and he retired from singing. However, he remained very active in the musical world. In 1971, he established a foundation for young singers (a list of just the most prominent award recipients includes Renée Fleming, Kathleen Battle, Jerry Hadley, Barbara Hendricks, James Morris, and Dawn Upshaw).

He also served as artistic administrator of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.) from 1968 to 1971, and executive director of the National Opera Institute from 1971 to 1976, as well as the director of the Washington Opera from 1975 to 1979. In 1975, in Seattle, he staged the first-ever complete Ring Cycle in English. Read less
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  • 26.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Walter, Pons, Steber, Pinza, London
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47211 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Warfield,  Jennie Tourel,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Schubert, Ibert, Mussorgsky / George London, Erik Werba
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 801091 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Jacques Ibert,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  George London,  Erik Werba,  Paul Ulanowsky
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  • 28.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Vinay, Modl, London, Krauss
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9060 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hermann Uhde,  Eugene Tobin,  Theo Adam,  Rita Streich  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 29.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Seefried, Kunz, London, Jurinac
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66807 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen,  Wilhelm Felden,  Erich Majkut,  Anny Felbermayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 30.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / London, Weber, Zadek
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90762 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Walter Berry,  Ludwig [Bass Vocal] Weber,  Sena Jurinac  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Bruno Walter
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  • 31.
    Strauss: Arabella / Solti, Della Casa, London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305202 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Harald Pröglhöf,  Eberhard Wächter,  Judith Hellwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 32.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer - Highlights / Dorati, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 452731 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  George London,  Rosalind Elias,  Leonie Rysanek,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 33.
    Heritage Masters - Wagner: Das Rheingold / Solti, Flagstad
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001268402 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Eberhard Wächter,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Claire Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Puccini: Tosca - Highlights / Molinari-pradelli, Tebaldi Et Al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4674472 Release Date: 09/02/2008  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Mario Del Monaco,  George London,  Silvio Maionica
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
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  • 35.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Solti, Flagstad, London, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 478038 Release Date: 06/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  Kirsten Flagstad,  George London,  Gustav Neidlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Puccini - The Great Opera Collection / 15-Disc Set
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001064502 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Silvio Maionica,  Renata Tebaldi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Piero de Palma  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Tullio Serafin,  Franco Capuana,  Alberto Erede  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus  ... 
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  • 37.
    Wagner: Die Walkure, Etc / Knappertsbusch, London, Flagstad
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  George London,  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 38.
    German Opera Masterworks
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9804 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Gundula Janowitz,  Mignon Dunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 39.
    Beethoven: Egmont Overture;  Brahms: Symphony No 1;  Mahler
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Bach: Wedding Cantata;  Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Etc
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 320 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Hermann Schey,  George London
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Strauss, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Etc/ Leonie Rysanek
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 696072 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Leonie Rysanek,  Ludwig Welter,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar,  Rafael Kubelik,  Nino Verchi,  Josef Krips  ... 
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  • 42.
    Sena Jurinac Sings Mozart, Strauss & Puccini
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 684062 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans Pfitzner,  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Christa Ludwig,  John Van Kesteren,  Jess Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Robert Heger,  Karl Böhm,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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  • 43.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Knappertsbusch, Thomas, Dalis, London
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000786302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Niels Moller,  Gerhard Stolze,  Georg Paskuda,  Dorothea Siebert  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 44.
    Strauss: Arabella / Solti, Della Casa, London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000710502 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter,  Wilhelm Lenninger,  Lisa Della Casa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 45.
    Spotlight - George London - Spirituals
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000673602 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Ricardo Simpson,  Traditional,  Henry Thacker Burleigh,  Hall Johnson
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Carl Michalski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7030 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Fritz Uhl,  Res Fischer,  George London,  Georg Paskuda  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 47.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures, Boris Gudonov (Excerpts) / Ormandy, George London
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78747 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  George London,  Howard Fried,  Mildred Allen,  Stanley Kolk
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Chorus
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  • 48.
    Anna Moffo - A Tribute
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4383 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Gino Bechi,  Sándor Kónya,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Giuseppe Patané,  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Sawallisch, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1445 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Fritz Uhl,  Res Fischer,  Georg Paskuda  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 50.
    The Art Of Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Biddulph   Catalog: 064/65 Release Date: 02/27/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Mack Harrell,  Charles Kullman,  Francis Yeend,  Suzanne Coray  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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