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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.
    Reopening Of The Vienna State Opera - 1955 / Goltz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90675 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Karl Kamann,  Rudolf Lustig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  Herbert Kegel,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
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  • 52.
    Vienna Opera Festival 1955 / Böhm, Kubelik, Reiner, Knappertsbusch
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 666053 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Alban Berg,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Sena Jurinac,  Christel Goltz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Karl Böhm,  Fritz Reiner,  Rafael Kubelik
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  • 53.
    Renata Tebaldi - A Portrait
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4324 Release Date: 07/05/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Louis Quilico,  Ermanno Mauro,  Lilian Sukis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C. B. C. Festival Orchestra
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  • 54.
    London - George London, A Tribute
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4329 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Nicolai Gedda,  Lucia Popp,  Sona Ghazarian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Masters Of The Voice - Soprano / Battle, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000273702 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francesco Cilèa,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  June Anderson,  Giovanni Foiani,  Silvio Maionica  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Leonard Bernstein,  Franco Capuana,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Offenbach: Les Contes D'hoffmann / Cluytens, Gedda, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67983 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Gianna D'Angelo  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  René Duclos Chorus
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande / Ansermet, Maurane, Veasey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473351 Release Date: 03/06/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Guus Hoekman,  Josephine Veasey,  Rosine Bredy,  John Shirley-Quirk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus
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  • 62.
    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Melik-pachaev, London, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52571 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Irina Arkhipova,  Vladimir Valaitis,  Nikolai Ushakov,  Yelisaveta Shumskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Melik-Pashayev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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  • 63.
    The Compact Opera Collection - Wagner: Die Walküre/Leinsdorf
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470443 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  David Ward,  Birgit Nilsson,  Rita Gorr,  Julia Malyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Wagner: Parsifal - Bayreuth 1952 / Knappertsbusch, London
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 10051 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Hermann Uhde,  Martha Mödl,  Karl Terkal  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    The Singers - George London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467904 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Kurt Weill,  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Roland Shaw,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roland Shaw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    R. Strauss: Arabella / Solti, Della Casa, London, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460230 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Ira Malaniuk,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    The Great Moments From Die Fledermaus /Moffo, Franchi, Et Al
    Label: Rca Red Seal Hp   Catalog: 63468A Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Jeanette Scovotti,  Richard Lewis,  John Hauxvell  ... 
    Conductor:  Oskar Danon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 75.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Karajan, Dermota, Seefried, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67165 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Erich Kunz,  Wilma Lipp,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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