(April 21, 1911 - March 4, 1960)
Despite singing Tonio in I Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, and Scarpia in Tosca, Leonard Warren was particularly acclaimed as one of the finest interpreters of the great Verdi baritone roles - above all, the title role in "Rigoletto," which was captured in 1950 in an RCA recording with soprano Erna Berger and tenor Jan Peerce, conducted by Renato Cellini.
This was the first complete operatic recording to be released by RCA Victor on LP records.
In 1960 in a performance of La Forza Del Destino with Renata Tebaldi, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he died on stage at the beginning of act 3 of a cerebral haemorrhage.
He was only forty eight years old and his sudden death impacted heavily on the Met's next season's program where Warren was scheduled to sing Nabucco."
His funeral was conducted on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
Here he is pictured as Rigoletto.
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