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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  • 51.
    George London - 1953
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90580 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  George London,  Bruno Walter,  Astrid Varnay
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Hermann Weigert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Famous Voices Of The Past - George London
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90543 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Max Schönherr,  Jean Paul Morel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Karajan, Lipp, Jurinac, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 197 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota,  Ludwig Weber,  George London  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 54.
    Renata Tebaldi - The Classic Puccini Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473045 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ezio Giordano,  Mario Del Monaco,  Gaetano Fanelli,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Franco Capuana,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Puccini: Tosca /  Tebaldi, London
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4217 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Eugene Tobin,  George London,  Renata Tebaldi
    Conductor:  Franco Patanè
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  • 56.
    Opernsanger Einmal Anders
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89945 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jerome Kern,  Oley Speaks,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Blatt,  George London,  Leonard Warren,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Black,  Johnny Green,  Dino Olivieri,  Hans Mielenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Johnny Green Orchestra,  Dino Olivieri Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Dorati, London, Rysanek
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 417319 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Leonie Rysanek,  Karl Liebl,  Richard Lewis,  Rosalind Elias  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 58.
    Philips 50 - Wagner: Parsifal / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuther
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464756 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Jess Thomas,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Irene Dalis  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 59.
    Wagner Gala / Knappertsbusch, Flagstad, Nilsson, London
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458238 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  George London,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Grace Hoffman
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Grosse Sänger Unseres Jahrhunderts - George London
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 502001 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Astrid Varnay,  Valery Bak,  Teresa Stich-Randall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kraus,  Hermann Weigert,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    As You Like It - Shakespeare In Music
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61874 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Cole Porter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lucine Amara,  Charles Bressler,  Eileen Farrell,  Lili Chookasian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pembroke Davenport,  Max Goberman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    The Early Years - Opera Arias And Mélodies / Sciutti, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442750 Release Date: 07/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Jacqueline Bonneau,  George London
    Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux,  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Wagner: Flying Dutchman / London, Rysanek, Dorati
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460738 Release Date: 12/18/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Leonie Rysanek,  Karl Liebl  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 64.
    Wiener Staatsoper Live - Mozart: Don Giovanni / Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57737 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anton Dermota,  Irmgard Seefried,  Sena Jurinac  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 65.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414101 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Oda Balsborg,  Hetty Plümacher,  Jean Madeira,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455555 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helga Dernesch,  Berit Lindholm,  Marilyn Tyler,  Vera Schlosser  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 67.
    George London - Of Gods And Demons
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62758 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Louis Gruenberg,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Paul Morel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    George London In Concert
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  George London
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  • 69.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Brahms: German Requiem, Alto Rhapsody
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64469 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mildred Miller,  Irmgard Seefried,  George London
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Occidental College Concert Choir,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 70.
    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem;  Rossini: Stabat Mater / Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 53252 Release Date: 05/18/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Martina Arroyo,  Beverly Wolff,  Tito Del Bianco,  Justino Diaz  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Singers,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Puccini: Tosca / Molinari-Pradelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 411871 Release Date: 04/30/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  George London,  Renata Tebaldi,  Silvio Maionica,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Moralt, London, Jurinac, Simoneau
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438674 Release Date: 12/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Eberhard Wächter,  Léopold Simoneau,  Hilde Zadek  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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