Walter Fredericks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fredericks, 1958

Walter Fredericks (1916–2000)[1] was an American operatic tenor and concert singer active through the late 1940s to at least the 1980s.[2]

Biography[edit]

A native of Camden, NJ, Fredericks worked as a machinist before friends encouraged him to audition for the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he won a scholarship.[3] While traveling with the Ice Follies, he started his operatic career in 1947 performing with the San Francisco Opera, and soon maestro Gaetano Merola of the SFO convinced patrons to award the singer with a year of additional study in Italy.[4] Upon his return to the United States, Fredericks appeared with many of the country's foremost opera companies including those in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and New York.[5] He had also been a guest soloist of many of symphony orchestras throughout the US and made radio, television, and motion picture appearances.[6] Fredericks also performed throughout New Jersey, in Chicago,[7] Minneapolis ,[8] Detroit and Dearborn, Kansas City, Tucson, and many cities in California,[9] and toured to Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America.[10] During his travels throughout the United States he performed programs of sacred music at many churches and seminaries.[11] Fredericks' operatic repertoire of over 30 roles included Lt. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Pollione in Bellini's Norma, Cassio in Verdi's Otello, Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Ismaele in Verdi's Nabucco, Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata, Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen, Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore, and Avito in Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re.[12] Fredericks started the annual Christmas Carolfest on the Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ in the mid-1970s and directed it for several years until his death.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walter Fredericks (1916 - 2000) - Find A Grave Memorial". Courier-Post. July 29, 2000. 
  2. ^ The Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, Thursday, November 13, 1980, sec. 1 pg. 8
  3. ^ Titusville Herald, Wednesday, April 16, 1963, pg. 3
  4. ^ Titusville Herald, Wednesday, April 16, 1963, pg. 3
  5. ^ The Michigan Daily, Wednesday, December 2, 1953, pg. 2
  6. ^ Titusville Herald, Wednesday, April 16, 1963, pg. 3
  7. ^ "The Life and Times of Gloria Lane, Part III". 
  8. ^ The Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, Thursday, May 6, 1971, sec. 2 pg. 6
  9. ^ The Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, Friday, June 24, 1977, sec. 2 pg. 6
  10. ^ The Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, Thursday, May 6, 1971, sec. 2 pg. 6
  11. ^ The Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, Friday, June 24, 1977, sec. 2 pg. 6
  12. ^ "OPERA IN PHILADELPHIA: PERFORMANCE CHRONOLOGY 1950 - 1974" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Carolfest, Tis the Season Set, Get First Night Buttons Now!".