Notes and Editorial Reviews
Even those who profess total ignorance of opera recognize the name Richard Tucker, one of the greatest of Americaís singers. Born Rueben Ticker, he began singing in his synagogueís choir at age six. He began serious training at the ripe old age of 18. He later married Sarah Perelmuth, whose brother was Jan Peerce. Tuckerís 1939 New York Town Hall debut aroused great interest. By 1945 he had made his debut at the Met as Enzo in La Gioconda. From this first performance, Richard Tucker became the leading tenor at the Met and held this position for 30 years. He appeared in over 600 performances, including La Traviata, Faust, La Forza del Destino, Carmen, I Pagliacci, and the list goes on. On stage he always gave more than 100% never sparing himself. Each of his performances was filled with a burning intensity and excitement which was appreciated by all who heard him.