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James King.

King as Siegmund in 1974.


James King was born in Dodge City on 22nd May 1925, made his debut as a baritone in 1961 and after further study he made his tenor debut the same year as Cavaradossi in Florence, making his American debut the same year in San Francisco. He has sung at Berlins Deutsche Oper since 1962.


He made his Salzburg debut in 1962 as Achilles under Karl Böhm and in 1963 he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Bacchus in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.


He appeared at Bayreuth 1965 to 1975 singing the roles of Siegmund, Lohengrin and Parsifal. and at Covent Garden from 1967 in such roles as Siegmund, Manrico, Florestan and Calaf. During 1966 he made his Metropolitan debut.


He joined Indiana University School of Music as a teacher of voice.


He died in Naples, Florida, USA on 20th Nov 2005.

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Taken sometime in 1974