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Possessing an operatic voice destined to become world renowned, he made his American debut in Miami. Who was he ?


Program for the debut. HistoryMiami, gift of Sandra Burlowe.

In 1965, at the height of her career, Joan Sutherland came to Miami to perform the part she really "owned" at the time, Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Donizetti's famous opera. As it happened, the tenor who was to sing opposite her (in the role of Edgardo) developed a throat condition and felt unable to perform. Miss Sutherland was determined that the vacancy could best be filled by a young tenor whom she and her husband, the conductor Richard Bonynge, had heard in Europe. His voice had greatly impressed them. The impresario of the Miami Opera Company at the time, Arturo di Filippi, felt a singer of Sutherland's fame (known affectionately by the Italians as "la Stupenda") called for a tenor of more stature in the operatic world. The tenor in question was, after all, just starting his career in Europe and was unknown on this side of the Atlantic. But Joan Sutherland was insistent, and she got her way. So, the tenor was summoned from Europe and had his American debut right here in Miami at the Dade County Auditorium.



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