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Ray DeVoll (Tenor)

Born: 1928 (?) - Rochester, New York, USA
Died: August 24, 1993 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The American tenor, Ray DeVoll, studied music at the Eastman School with Clytie Mundy, Norman Motley and Mark Pearson.

With a voice once characterized in The New York Times as having "agility and sweet purity of tone," Ray DeVoll highly regarded tenor and specialized in early music and chamber works. He was a much sought after soloist in New York. He was a frequent performer with the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, singing everything from Elizabethan madrigals to music by Monteverdi and the role of the Archangel in a 13th-century Easter drama The Play of the Risen Christ. He also appeared in The Play of Daniel at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The Play of Herod at the Cloisters. He also held recitals in Lincoln Center and other major concert halls. In 1974, he moved to Boston, where he sang with a number of groups, including Emmanuel Music. He also performed at major Bach festivals throughout the USA and toured on five continents.

Ray DeVoll was Professor of Voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He died on August 24, 1993 apparently of a heart attack, while exercising in the Boston YMCA. He was 66. He is survived by a sister, Patricia Flynn, and a brother, Carl, both of California.

Source: Obituary in New York Time (August 26, 1993); Obituary in The Boston Globe (August 27, 1993); Baltimore Sun Photo Archive (Photo-01)
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