8-1/2 x 6-1/2 silver photograph of Tibbet with news caption attached; circa 1933. He began his career as an actor and singer in light operas and in church. He had various teachers, among them Ignaz Zitomirsky and Frank La Forge. He made his Met debut as Lewicki in Boris Godunov in 1923. In the same season he sang Valentin, but recognition did not come until 1925. He sang Ford in a Falstaff performance and earned much more success than Antonio Scotti in the title role! Since then he was a principal of the Met for 27 seasons, not only admired as an excellent singer but also as a fantastic actor. He also appeared in San Francisco, Chicago, Vienna, Prague and Paris. Simone Boccanegra was possibly his greatest role. He created several roles, among others Taylors The Kings Henchman and Gruenbergs The Emperor Jones. He became a national legend through several films in which he appeared as the hero. He was a significant force in early American radio. In 1941 he had temporarily to retire with what was called severe spasticity of the larynx muscle. A period of decline did set in the mid 1940s.
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