James King (tenor)
James King (May 22, 1925 – November 20, 2005) was widely regarded as one of the finest American heldentenors of the post-war period, though he never sang Tristan or Siegfried, the two most challenging operatic roles.
Mr. King was well known for singing the Wagner and Strauss repertory. He recorded the role of Siegmund in Die Walkure for the famous Solti studio Ring Cycle.
Later in life, Mr. King was a music and voice professor at the Indiana University for 18 years before retiring from teaching in 2002.
His last performance was in 2000 as Siegmund at the Indiana university.
Mr. King died on November 20, 2005 of a heart attack in Naples Florida.
- "Opera tenor James King dies at age 80" (USA Today November 22 2005)
- Interview with James King by Bruce Duffie, December 9, 1988