|Allan James Monk|
August 19, 1942 |
Mission, British Columbia, Canada
Monk was born in Mission, British Columbia and grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia, where both of his parents were involved in a musical chorus where Monk was first exposed to opera. He moved with his family to Calgary, where he participated in summer programs at the Banff School of Fine Arts. His first principal role was with the San Francisco Opera in 1966. He moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in the mid-1970s to be able to perform with the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- via The Canadian Press, "Fortuitous timings helped singer", Leader-Post, June 12, 1984. Accessed October 22, 2011. "He moved to Teaneck, N.J., in 1976 so that he could commute to the Met where he has sung such roles as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Schaunard in Franco Zefferelli's 1981 production of La Boheme."
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