Robert Nagy (March 3, 1929 – November 7, 2008) was an American operatic tenor who had a lengthy and fruitful association with the Metropolitan Opera that lasted for three decades. His association with the Met began when he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1956. He mostly portrayed comprimario roles at the Met where his most memorable early role was the Messenger in ; a role he sang 172 times for the company. He notably sang in the world premieres of two operas by Aida Samuel Barber at the Met: (1958) and Vanessa (1966). He also sang in the company premieres of Antony and Cleopatra (1966), Die Frau ohne Schatten (1978) and Billy Budd (1981). Although Nagy specialized in supporting roles, he also portrayed several leading parts at the Met, among them Florestan in L'enfant et les sortilèges , Herodes in Fidelio , and the Drum Major in Salome Wozzeck'. He remained on the Met roster through the end of the 1987–88 season, performing 1,187 performances with the Met during his thirty years with the company. [1 ]
Nagy also appeared with the
New York City Opera, from 1969 to 1976. His debut was as Luigi in Il tabarro, and possibly his most notable role there was Faust in the new production, directed by Tito Capobianco, of Mefistofele, starring Norman Treigle in the name part, in 1969.
Abridged Videography [ edit ]
Ariadne auf Naxos (Watson, Sills; Leinsdorf, 1969) [Concert Version] VAI Strauss:
Elektra (Nilsson, McIntyre; Levine, Graf, 1980) DG
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