Personalities | Jon Vickers | Contemporary | Classical
Vickers joined the Covent Garden company in 1957, singing Verdi’s Gustavus and Berlioz’s Aeneas. In 1958 he sang the title-role in the Giulini-Visconti production of Don Carlos, and Siegmund at Bayreuth, followed by Jason in Cherubini’s Medea in Dallas. He sang Siegmund and three other roles in Vienna in 1959. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1960 with Canio (Pagliacci). The many roles he sang at Covent Garden included Florestan (Fidelio), Samson (both Handel’s and Saint-Saëns’), Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello and Britten’s Peter Grimes.
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