Richard Cassilly impressive tenor 1927-1998

Richard Cassilly impressive American tenor 1927-1998

Richard Cassilly born Washington, DC, 14 December 1927. Died Boston. 30 January 1998. He was a tall, burly man with a commanding voice and a subtle acting style, which made him a valuable performer in several heroic roles. He studied at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and made his debut in New York at the Broadway Theatre, as Michele in the opening run of The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti 1954).

Richard Cassilly impressive tenor 1927-1998

Richard Cassilly then spent several seasons with opera companies in the USA, particularly New York City Opera (debut in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Vakula the Smith), Chicago (Laca 1959), and San Francisco (Max 1964). At the New York Met from 1973 he appeared as Radamès, Otello, Tristan, Tannhäuser, Don José, Samson, Captain Vere, Drum Major and Jimmy Mahoney.
In 1965 Richard Cassilly made his debut in Geneva in the lead role of Raskolnikoff (Sutermeister’s adaptation of Crime and Punishment), and subsequently spent much of his career in Europe. He was a member of the Hamburg State Opera from 1965, visiting Edinburgh with them in 1968. His repertoire in Hamburg included Canio, Erik and Aron. Other major continental houses he appeared at included Vienna, Paris and La Scala.

British debut

Richard Cassilly British debut as Peter Grimes with Scottish Opera was rather hindered by ill-health, but he was chosen to sing the title role in a BBC TV studio production of Otello, conducted by Charles Mackerras. In the seventies he was a frequent guest at Covent Garden. In London, from 1968 to 1982, his roles included Laca, Peter Grimes, Otello, Florestan, Siegmund, Tannhäuser, Aeneas and Captain Vere. He also appeared as Troilus in Walton’s revision of Troilus and Cressida in 1976 (a performance of which was recorded). He sings Aron in the Pierre Boulez recording of Schoenberg’s work.
Richard Cassilly later taught, as Professor of Voice at the University of Boston.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:232270
Aida {805}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1973
Debut: Richard Cassilly
[Met Performance] CID:232360
Aida {806}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232460
Aida {807}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1973
[Met Performance] CID:232510
Aida {808}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233930
Aida {816}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/5/1973
[Met Performance] CID:233990
Aida {817}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/11/1973
Dmitri Shostakovich was in the audience for this performance. During the second intermission, he was serenaded from the pit with the trumpet duet from his 5th Symphony.
[Met Performance] CID:252150
Tannhäuser {401}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1978
[Met Performance] CID:252210
Tannhäuser {402}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255000
Tannhäuser {403}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/18/1978
Opening Night {94}
Anthony A. Bliss, General Manager
Debuts: Kurt Moll, Richard Kness, Kenneth Anderson
[Met Performance] CID:255040
Tannhäuser {404}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/22/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255080
Tannhäuser {405}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/26/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255110
Otello {230}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/29/1978
[Met Performance] CID:255130
Tannhäuser {406}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/30/1978
[Met Performance] CID:257210
Tannhäuser {410}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/19/1979
Debuts: Damian Chmelar, Charles Fairweather, Geoffrey Morin
[Met Performance] CID:257260
Otello {234}
Hynes Civic Auditorium,Boston, Massachusetts; 04/24/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257290
Tannhäuser {411}
Hynes Civic Auditorium,Boston, Massachusetts; 04/26/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257330
Tannhäuser {412}
Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 04/30/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257340
Otello {235}
Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/1/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259570
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1979
Debut: Michael Best
Review
[Met Performance] CID:259600
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259650
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259680 
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/1979
Broadcast / Telecast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:259730
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259760
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259800
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259810
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1979
Debuts: Julia Migenes, Timothy Jenkins
[Met Performance] CID:259850
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259910
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/1979
[Met Performance] CID:259940
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1979
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:260340
Otello {245}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260350
Elektra {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1980
Debut: Talmage Harper, Paul Mills
Review
[Met Performance] CID:260390
Otello {246}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1980
Review
[Met Performance] CID:260400
Elektra {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260430
Otello {247}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1980
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:260600
Wozzeck {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1980
Debut: Christopher Byars
Review
[Met Performance] CID:260690
Wozzeck {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260710
Wozzeck {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260750  Opera News
Wozzeck {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/8/1980
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:260790
Wozzeck {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260820
Wozzeck {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1980
[Met Performance] CID:260990
Billy Budd {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1980
Debuts: Christopher Buchenholz, Owen Renfroe, Price Waldman
[Met Performance] CID:261030
Billy Budd {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261070
Billy Budd {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261100
Billy Budd {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1980
Debut: Thomas Booth
[Met Performance] CID:261140
Billy Budd {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261190
Billy Budd {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/15/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261240 Opera News
Billy Budd {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/1980
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:261270
Otello {248}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/22/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261300
Otello {249}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/25/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261320
Billy Budd {17}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/26/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261340
Carmen {774}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/29/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261390
Billy Budd {18}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 05/3/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261410
Carmen {775}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/6/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261460
Billy Budd {19}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/10/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261530
Carmen {777}
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas; 05/17/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261550
Carmen {778}
Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/20/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261600
Billy Budd {20}
Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/24/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261620
Billy Budd {21}
Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan; 05/27/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261640
Carmen {779}
Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan; 05/29/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261690
Carmen {780}
Hynes Veterans Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 06/10/1980
[Met Performance] CID:261720
Billy Budd {22}
Hynes Veterans Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 06/13/1980
[Met Performance] CID:263050
Cavalleria Rusticana {545} Pagliacci {585}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1980
Debuts: Geraldine Decker, Brian Schexnayder
[Met Performance] CID:263090
Cavalleria Rusticana {546} Pagliacci {586}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1980
Review
[Met Performance] CID:263180
Cavalleria Rusticana {547} Pagliacci {587}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1980
[Met Performance] CID:263290
Cavalleria Rusticana {550} Pagliacci {590}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263330
Cavalleria Rusticana {551} Pagliacci {591}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263360
Cavalleria Rusticana {552} Pagliacci {592}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263400
Cavalleria Rusticana {553} Pagliacci {593}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1981
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:263450
Cavalleria Rusticana {554} Pagliacci {594}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263560
Tristan und Isolde {419}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263710
Salome {109}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1981
Debut: Andrew Davis
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:263760
Salome {110}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263790
Salome {111}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263820 Opera News
Salome {112}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1981
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:263860
Salome {113}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263890
Salome {114}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264020
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1981
Debut: Sherry Zannoth
[Met Performance] CID:264060
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264100
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1981
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:264130
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264170
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264200
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/15/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264220
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264250
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {19}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/22/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264270
Samson et Dalila {154}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/24/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264340
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {20}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 04/29/1981
Debut: Peggy Bouveret
[Met Performance] CID:264410
Samson et Dalila {155}
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 05/2/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264460
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {21}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/7/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264490
Samson et Dalila {156}
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/9/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264510
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {22}
Dixon-Myers Hall, Memphis, Tennessee; 05/12/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264540
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {23}
State Fair Music Hall,Dallas, Texas; 05/15/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264590
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {24}
Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/20/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264650
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {25}
Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan; 05/26/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264740
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {26}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 06/2/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264840
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {27}
Metropolitan Center, Boston, Massachusetts; 06/12/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264880
Samson et Dalila {161}
New York, Staten Island, Snug Harbor; 06/17/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264900
Samson et Dalila {162}
New York, Queens, Cunningham Park; 06/20/1981
[Met Performance] CID:264910
Samson et Dalila {163}
New York, Manhattan, Central Park; 06/23/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266810
New Production
Stravinsky {1}
Le Sacre du Printemps {1}
Le Rossignol {9}
Oedipus Rex {1}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1981
Debuts: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Natalia Makarova, Anthony Dowell, Robin Hanriot
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:266850
Stravinsky {2}
Le Sacre du Printemps {2}
Le Rossignol {10}
Oedipus Rex {2}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1981
[Met Performance] CID:266890
Stravinsky {3}
Le Sacre du Printemps {3}
Le Rossignol {11}
Oedipus Rex {3}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1981
[Met Performance] CID:267010
Stravinsky {6}
Le Sacre du Printemps {6}
Le Rossignol {14}
Oedipus Rex {6}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1981
[Met Performance] CID:267130
Tannhäuser {418}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1982
Debuts: Bill Blaber, Jordan Jacobs, Jean-Briac Perrette, Erik Peter Mortensen, John Krinsky
Review
[Met Performance] CID:267170
Tannhäuser {419}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267210
Tannhäuser {420}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267340
Tannhäuser {423}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267390
Tannhäuser {424}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1982
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:267440
Tannhäuser {425}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270710
Tannhäuser {426}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1982
Debuts: Fritz Hübner, Douglas McDonnell, Victor Ruggiero, Eric Sokolsky, Konstantin Walmsley
[Met Performance] CID:270940
Tannhäuser {431}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270980 
Tannhäuser {432}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1982
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:271060
Tannhäuser {433}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1982
[Met Performance] CID:271100 Opera News
Tannhäuser {434}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1983
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:274260
Centennial Gala I
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/1983
100th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:274480
Peter Grimes {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/12/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274700
Tristan und Isolde {421}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274770
Tristan und Isolde {422}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1983
[Met Performance] CID:274820
Tristan und Isolde {423}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1983
Review
[Met Performance] CID:275040
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1984
Debut: Carla Cook
[Met Performance] CID:275080
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275170
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275200
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/1984
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:275240
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275270
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275460
Tannhäuser {436}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1984
Debuts: Richard Owen, Mark Rigby
[Met Performance] CID:275540
Tannhäuser {437}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275590
Tannhäuser {438}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275640 Opera News
Tannhäuser {439}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1984
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:276040
Billy Budd {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1984
Debut: David Atherton
[Met Performance] CID:276070
Billy Budd {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1984
[Met Performance] CID:276110 Opera News
Billy Budd {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/14/1984
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:276140
Billy Budd {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/1984
[Met Performance] CID:276180
Billy Budd {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/1984
[Met Performance] CID:276230
Billy Budd {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/1984
Debut: William Tell
[Met Performance] CID:278790
Elektra {62}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1984
[Met Performance] CID:278830
Elektra {63}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1984
Review
[Met Performance] CID:278890
Elektra {65}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1984
[Met Performance] CID:278930 Opera News
Elektra {66}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1984
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:278980
Elektra {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1984
[Met Performance] CID:279240
Wozzeck {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1985
Review
[Met Performance] CID:279320 Opera News
Wozzeck {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1985
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:279360
Wozzeck {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279410
Wozzeck {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279480
Wozzeck {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279500
Wozzeck {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1985
Debuts: June Card, George Wade
[Met Performance] CID:279530
Wozzeck {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/8/1985
[Met Performance] CID:287150
Tannhäuser {442}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1987
Debuts: Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Joseph Cahill, Marcello Cipriano, Paul Coffey, Michael Eggar
Review
[Met Performance] CID:287190
Tannhäuser {443}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1987
Debut: Matthew Fish
[Met Performance] CID:287240  Opera News
Tannhäuser {444}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1987
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:295480
New Production
Salome {118}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/1989
Debuts: Bernard Fitch, Jürgen Rose, Byl Thompson
Review
[Met Performance] CID:295540
Salome {119}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/1989
review
[Met Performance] CID:295570
Salome {120}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295610
Salome {121}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1989
Debut: Katarina Ikonomu
[Met Performance] CID:296050
Billy Budd {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1989
Debut: Alan Held
[Met Performance] CID:298940
Wozzeck {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1989
[Met Performance] CID:302530
Salome {126}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302570
Salome {127}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302600
Salome {128}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1990

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