(June 3, 1904 – December 15, 1984)
Son of Jewish Belarusian immigrant parents, Jan Peerce was playing the violin in a dance band when it was discovered he could sing as well.
Jan Peerce was the brother in law of fellow Jewish- American tenor Richard Tucker.
Initially establishing a career on the concert platform, Peerce was to move into opera in 1938. Highly thought of by Toscanini, Peerce's career took off, mainly singing in America – particularly at the Met alongside other singers such as Leonard Warren and Licia Albanese.
In 1956 he went to Moscow as the first guest tenor from the West to sing with the Bolshoi Opera and while there he caused a sensation. He remained in fine voice until his retirement in 1982.
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