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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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  • 76.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Karajan, Seefried, Kunz, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67142 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Erich Majkut,  Wilhelm Felden,  Rosl Schwaiger,  Anny Felbermayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuth Festival 1963
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 10034 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Irene Dalis  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphonies No 2 & 8, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63159 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Lee Venora,  George London,  Lili Chookasian  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegiate Chorale,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbus Boychoir  ... 
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  • 82.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Solti, Flagstad, London, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455556 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger,  Jean Madeira,  Set Svanholm,  Hetty Plümacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Schubert: Auf Dem Strom, Der Hirt Auf Dem Felsen; Brahms
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48176 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Benita Valente,  Rudolf Serkin,  Myron Bloom,  Harold Wright  ... 
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    Offenbach: Les Contes D'hoffmann / Cluytens, Gedda, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 63222 Release Date: 05/07/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Gianna D'Angelo,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  René Duclos Chorus
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