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Leonard Warren
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Birth Date:April 21, 1911
Astrology Sign:Taurus
Chinese Sign:Pig - Yin
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Died Date:March 4, 1960

Occupation:Classical/Opera singer

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Leonard Warren

Biography:Leonard Warren (April 21, 1911 - March 4, 1960) was a famous baritone who was associated for many years with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Soprano Renata Tebaldi said of his voice: "it was a very, very soft, velvety voice...He was truly stupendous."

Born Leonard Warenoff in New York to Russian immigrant parents, Warren was first employed in his father's fur business. In 1935, he joined the chorus at Radio City Music Hall. In 1938, he entered the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air. Despite the fact Warren was obviously a novice, his natural gifts were apparent, and he was immediately given a contract. The Met sent him to Italy that summer with a stipend to study.

Returning to America, Warren made his concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera in excerpts from La Traviata and Pagliacci during a concert in New York in November 1938. His formal operatic debut took place there in January 1939, when he sang Paolo in Simon Boccanegra. A recording contract with RCA Victor soon followed.

Warren later sang in San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires, he appeared at La Scala in Milan in 1953, and in 1958, he made a highly successful tour of the Soviet Union, but for most of his career he remained in New York and sang at the Met.

Although he sang Tonio in Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, and Scarpia in Tosca, he was particularly acclaimed as one of the finest interpreters of the great Verdi baritone roles, above all the title role of Rigoletto, which was captured in 1950 in an electrifying recording with soprano Erna Berger and tenor Jan Peerce, conducted by Renato Cellini.

His last complete performance at the Met was as Simon Boccanegra on March 1, 1960. Three days later, in a performance of La Forza del Destino with Tebaldi, Warren was about to launch the vigorous cabaletta to Don Carlo's aria, which begins Morir, tremenda cosa ("to die, a momentous thing"), he started coughing at the stage and gasping. His final words were "Help me, help me!" and he pitched face-forward down to the floor. A few minutes later he was pronounced dead of a massive cerebral vascular hemorrhage, and the rest of the performance was canceled. Warren was only forty-eight.

Warren was known as a person of an intractable character, who always tried to impose his will on stage designers, managers, and even conductors, in matters of production, direction, and tempi. He caused pain, a colleague once noted, but he had a great voice.

In his book The American Opera Singer (1997, ISBN 0385421745), Peter G. Davis wrote of Warren:

The rich, rounded, mellow quality of voice, fairly bursting with resonant overtones, may not have been to every taste, particularly those preferring a narrower baritonal focus that "speaks" more quickly on the note. But by any standards it was a deluxe, quintessentially "Metropolitan Opera sound," one that seemed to take on a special glow and lustrousness as it opened up and spread itself generously around the big auditorium. And of course the easy top was its special glory -- when relaxing with friends Warren would often tear into tenor arias like "Di quella pira" and toss off the high Cs that many tenors lacked. He could have, but never did, overindulge that applause-getting facility.

Chinese Horoscope for Leonard Warren
Includes characteristics and Vices
Leonard Warren's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 30, 1911 - February 17, 1912
Birthday: April 21, 1911

The Pig is a Yin,
and is the Twelfth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Leonard Warren's Personality Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune - Personality Card

Birthday: April 21, 1911

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.

Leonard Warren's Character Tarot Card The Magician - Character Card

Birthday: April 21, 1911

Creative initiative, skill and opportunities for new ventures.

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Leonard Warren's Growth Tarot Card The Lovers

Birthday: April 21, 2024

A relationship or love affair with a trial or choice involved.




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