Baritone opera singer of the twentieth century who sang in over 600 Metropolitan Opera performances in twenty-six roles.
After studying under Friedrich Schorr at the Hartt College of Music, he sang on Broadway, making his debut in opera in 1953.
His most constant role was in the lead role of Verdi's Rigoletto, which he performed more than one hundred times with the Met.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother was a singer who studied under the renowned contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink.
Ira Siff was another well-known opera singer.