George Gray

born 26 May 1952 New Jersey

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As a teenager, George Gray played several instruments, of which he chose piano and organ for his studies. Then he injured his hand, and had to quit his instruments. Instead, he studied music (working as a choirmaster for a period) and voice in New York City, at Juilliard and at the New School.

As a singer, he started his career with the Connecticut Opera Company as the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, then he sang Max at Princeton University, Florestan in Greenville (1984), Cavaradossi in Colorado Springs, Canio at the North Carolina Opera in Charlotte (1986). In 1987, he was Bacchus at the New Jersey Opera Festival in Lawrenceville (1987), Tristan in Amsterdam, Otello in Seattle and Tristan in Columbus (Ohio). In 1988, Radames in Charlotte.

He made an international career, appearing as Waldemar (Gurrelieder) in Berlin in 1983 (his European debut) and in Frankfurt in 1988, as Pollione at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1988), as Florestan at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and as Tristan at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1989, as Énée at the Opéra Bastille and as Tristan in Nancy in 1990. From 1988, he was regularly in Zürich, where he had considerable success as both Siegfrieds.

In the 1990s, he sang in Chicago, Karlsruhe, Wiesbaden, Kassel, at the Holland Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper (1992, Vasco da Gama), Leipzig, Mainz, at the English National Opera (1995, Tristan), New Orleans (1993, Turiddu and Canio one one evening), Flagstaff/Arizona (1996, Siegfried), San Francisco and Graz, where I heard him as a very interesting and quite impressive Mephistopheles in Busoni's Doktor Faust (1995). Still in the early 2000s, he sang both Siegfrieds in Dallas.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

George Gray sings Tosca: Recondita armonia
In RA format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording.

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