Recordings/Discussions
Background Information
Performer Bios

Poet/Composer Bios

Additional Information

Biographies of Performers: Main Page | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Explanation | Acronyms

Mack Harrell (Baritone)

Born: October 8, 1909 - Celeste, Texas, USA
Died: January 29, 1960 - Dallas, Texas, USA

The distinguished American baritone, Mack Harrell, studied violin and voice at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

In 1938 Mack Harrell made his concert debut at New York’s Town Hall. After winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1938, he made his debut with the company in New York in December 1939 as Biterolf in Tannhäuser. He remained on the roster until 1948, and returned there for the 1949-1950, 1952-1954, and 1957-1958 seasons. At the Met he sang a wide repertory and in his 13 seasons there appeared in 156 performances, 23 roles, and 18 works. In May 1944 he made his first appearance at the New York City Opera as Germont in La Traviata, and returned there in 1948, 1951-1952, and 1959. He also sang at Chicago and San Francisco. He also pursued a notably successful concert career.

Mack Harrell’s voice was one of remarkable lyrical beauty. Among his operatic roles were Papageno, Kothner, Amfortas, Jochanaan, Wozzeck, and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, which role he created in its USA premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in February 1953. This was probably his best known role. He also created Samson in Bernard Rogers's The Warrior (1947), and took part in the USA premières of Milhaud's Christophe Colomb (1952, Carnegie Hall); and his David (1956, Hollywood Bowl).

From 1945 to 1956 Mack Harrell taught voice at the Juilliard School of Music. He published The Sacred Hour of Song (New York, 1938). Mack Harrell is the father of the outstanding American cellist, Lynn Harrell.

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); OPERAlmanac Mailing List (October 2004, by Walter R. Lonis)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, October 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Eduard van Beinum

Bass

BWV 56

Ifor Jones

Bass

BWV 71, BWV 78

William Jonson & Bach Aria Group

Bass

Aria from BWV 85

Robert Shaw

Bass

BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 245

Bruno Walter

Bass

BWV 244 (1st Part)

Links to other Sites

   

Biographies of Performers: Main Page | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Explanation | Acronyms

Introduction | Cantatas | Other Vocal | Instrumental | Performers | General Topics | Articles | Books | Movies | New
Biographies | Texts & Translations | Scores | References | Commentaries | Music | Concerts | Festivals | Tour | Art & Memorabilia
Chorale Texts | Chorale Melodies | Lutheran Church Year | Readings | Poets & Composers | Arrangements & Transcriptions
Search Website | Search Works/Movements | Terms & Abbreviations | Copyright | How to contribute | Sitemap | Links



 

Back to the Top


Last update: ýJuly 15, 2013 ý15:10:38