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Eugene Conley Edit Profile

Music educator , opera singer

Eugene Conley was a celebrated American operatic tenor.

Background

Conley, Eugene was born on March 12, 1908 in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Reuben Anthony and Josephin (Farnsworth) Conley.

Education

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Conley studied under Ettore Verna, and made his official debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1940.

Career

Began as church soloist. Singer local radio stations. Toured with Boston Male Choir.

1st professional appearance in Robin Hood, Boston Light Opera Company. Sang with Handel-Haydn Society in Messiah. Soloist Commonwealth Symphony.

Appeared in radio program NBC Presents Eugene Conley. Guest engagements NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini and Frank Black. New York operatic debut in Rigoletto, as the Duke, Brooklyn Academy Music, 1940.

Toured transcontinentally with San Carlo Opera Company, also with New Opera Company under Fritz Busch. Featured lyric tenor Cincinnati Summer Opera Company, summers. Appeared with Mexico National Opera Company.

New York City Center Opera Company, New Orleans Opera Association. Toured Europe, singing in numerous opera houses, 1947-1948. Various concerts, United States and Canada, 1949-1950.

Also appeared City Center Opera, Covent Garden Opera, London, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. Also soloist with Stokowski and New York Philharmonic in 5 concerts Carnegie Hall. Also sang at LaScala Opera House, Milan, Italy.

1949, 50, 51; debut in title role of Faust, Metropolitan Opera. Guest artist Stadium Concerts, New York City, summer 1950. Appeared in La Boheme, Arena, Verona, Italy, 1950.

Sang with Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival, 1957. Frequent appearances leading network radio and television programs including Voice of Firestone. Soloist Presidential Inauguration, 1953.

Appeared in 20th Century-Fox short Of Men and Music: recordings for London FFRR. American premiere Stravinskys Rakes Progress, Metropolitan Opera, 1953. Artist tenor in residence with rank professor School Music, North Texas State University, 1960-1978, retired, 1978.

Private voice tutor, Dallas, 1978-1981. Member of faculty, soloist Summer Vocal Institute, American Institute Museum Studies, Graz, Austria, 1971, 1973, 76, 77.

Membership

Member Metropolitan Opera Association, LaScala Opera Company in Milan, San Francisco Opera Company, New Orleans Opera, New York City Center Opera Company, Cincinnati Zoo Opera Company, Chicago Opera Company, Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Opera Comique in Paris, National Opera of Mexico City, American Association University Professors, National Association Teacher. Singing, Fort Worth Opera Company (board), American Guild Museum Artists (life.

Connections

Married Winifred Heidt, March 9, 1948.

father:
Reuben Anthony Conley

mother:
Josephin (Farnsworth) Conley

spouse:
Winifred Heidt