(Born October 29, 1926 - Died July 11th 2015)
Jon Vickers, was a Canadian heldentenor.
In 1957 Jon Vickers joined London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden but moved to the Metropolitan Opera in 1960 where much of his career played out.
He achieved fame with a wide range of German, French and Italian roles. Vickers' huge, powerful voice and solid technique met the demands of many French, German and Italian roles and he was also highly regarded for his powerful stage presence and thoughtful characterizations.
Jon Vickers was considered to be one of the greatest Otellos of his generation and indeed some claim he was one of the greatest Otello's of all time.
Among his many recordings is a filmed performance late in his career with Shirley Verrett in Samson & Delilah (still available today). He will be remembered as one of the greatest Canadian singers of all time- and sadly suffered alzheimers in his latter years.
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