Today, January 10th, is the Birthday of two of the greatest opera stars, not only of the United States, but also around the world, bass-baritone James Morris and Baritone Sherrill Milnes!
James Morris is one of the most important opera singers of today, he is one of the best bass-baritones of opera. He is born on January 10th of 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
In my opinion, he is the best “Wotan” of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in history of opera.
The MET video recording of the complete cycle with Morris as Wotan has been described as an “exceptional issue on every count”.
Some James Morris trivia:
He made his debut with the Baltimore Opera in 1967, as “Crespel” in Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, which starred Beverly Sills and Norman Treigle.
He first appeared in New York at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1971, as “Amonasro” in Verdi’s Aïda.
He went on to establish himself as one of the most versatile male opera singers in the world, performing a repertoire ranging from Mozart through Verdi and Wagner to Benjamin Britten.
Another magnificent performance of James Morris is as Hans Sachs in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”!
Happy Birthday to James Morris!
Now some trivia about Sherrill Milnes!
Sherrill Milnes (born January 10, 1935) is an American operatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. From 1965 until 1997 he was associated with the Metropolitan Opera.
Sherrill Milnes is one of the best baritones of Italian opera.
His voice is a high dramatic baritone, combining good legato with an incisive rhythmic style; furthermore, like James Morris, Sherrill Milnes also has a commanding and handsome stage presence.
By 1965 he had made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera.
His international debuts followed soon thereafter, and Milnes became one of the world’s prominent Verdi baritones of the 1970s and 1980s.
He has been a prolific recording artist, often in partnership with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
Sherrill Milnes is one of a kind,he has performed all baritone roles in Italian opera, from Rigoletto, Conte di Luna, Rodrigo, Germont, Don Caro di Vargas, Renato and Iago to Scarpia, Gérard and Marcello.
Happy Birthday to Sherrill Milnes!
Happy, happy birthday again, to two of the finest gentlemen of the Opera, two living legends, James Morris and Sherrill Milnes!