Anita Darian

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Anita Darian is an American singer and actress who has had an active career since the 1950s. As a soprano, Darian has performed roles with the New York City Opera and been a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic. She has also performed and recorded several roles from musicals during her career, including Julie in excerpts from Show Boat, a recording she made for Columbia Masterworks in 1962 with John Raitt, Barbara Cook, and William Warfield. She portrayed Lady Thiang in the 1960 revival of The King and I at New York City Center with Barbara Cook as Anna and Farley Granger as the King. She has also recorded a number of solo albums with Kapp Records.

She trained at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with the goal of becoming an opera singer.[1]

According to The Official Masterworks Broadway Site, "Darian's most widely distributed recording by far, although it was made anonymously, was The Tokens' 1961 hit single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" ("[The Lion Sleeps Tonight|Wimoweh]"), on which she provided the extremely high wordless soprano vocal during the saxophone solo in counter-melody to the lead." [2]


  1. ^ "Anita Darian". The Official Masterworks Broadway Site. 12 Dec 2010.
  2. ^ "Anita Darian". The Official Masterworks Broadway Site. 12 Dec 2010.

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