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Jan Peerce June 3, — December 15, was an American operatic tenor. Peerce was an accomplished performer on the operatic and Broadway concert stages, in solo recitalsand as a recording artist. He is the father of film director Larry Peerce. In they emigrated to America along with their second child, a boy named Mottel.
He was nicknamed "Pinky" by his neighborhood friends. When he was three years old, his older brother Mottel was killed in an accident as he hitched a ride on an ice wagon. At his mother's urging he took violin lessons,  and gave public performances, including dance band work as Jack "Pinky" Pearl. Sometimes he also sang and it was soon discovered he was an exceptional lyric tenor. Peerce was the brother-in-law of fellow American tenor Richard Tucker. They soon compromised on the spelling Jan Peerce, which the singer felt better reflected his ethnicity.
Thanks to radio broadcasts and stage programs, Peerce soon had a nationwide following. The legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini heard him singing Wagner Because - Jan Peerce - Golden Moments In Song the radio and was able to contact Peerce through a mutual friend to see if he would like to audition for him.
Toscanini found him to be the tenor he had sought to sing operatic and choral works with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The recordings made during, or following, the NBC broadcasts are among the outstanding musical legacies of the midth century.
Toscanini was reportedly pleased with Peerce's professionalism, as well as his musical talents and his unusually native-sounding Italian; Because - Jan Peerce - Golden Moments In Song have said that Peerce was Toscanini's "favorite tenor" during the Maestro's 17 years at NBC.
Peerce recalled that Toscanini never lost his temper the way he famously did with other musicians even though Peerce believed he had the right to, on a few occasions. He made his professional opera debut with the company on December 10 of that year as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi 's Rigoletto with Robert Weede in the title role and Fritz Mahler conducting.
He was hailed by critics as the "All-American successor to the 'greats' of opera's almost extinct 'Golden Age'. During the s Peerce Because - Jan Peerce - Golden Moments In Song regularly as a featured soloist before audiences of over 14, guests under the conductor Alfredo Antonini at the Lewisohn Stadium in New York City. In Peerce made a sensation in Moscow as a musical "cultural exchange" ambassador, being the first American to sing with the famed Bolshoi Opera.
He remained on the roster of the Metropolitan untilappearing again in He also taught a master class. In he made his Broadway debut as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He continued to make occasional appearances until his retirement inremaining in fine voice. Peerce's first recordings were made inas a vocalist with New York area dance bands, using the names "Jack Pearl" and "Pinky Pearl.
They include popular hits of the day such as "Snuggled on Your Shoulder" and "Dancing on the Ceiling," and were issued on numerous smaller labels including Crown, Perfect, Banner and Melotone. Peerce recorded almost exclusively for RCA Victor as a " Red Seal " artist from the late s to the early s before switching labels. The year before that Peerce had been the tenor soloist in Toscanini's broadcast concert of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, but it wasn't until that Toscanini approved a recording of that symphony for commercial release.
Peerce did not sing in Toscanini's broadcasts of Verdi's OtelloAidaor Falstaff ; he was offered the tenor parts in the latter two but declined, believing his voice was not right for those roles.
Many broadcasts of performances from the Metropolitan opera and other Because - Jan Peerce - Golden Moments In Song with Peerce have been released on LP and CD as well. Peerce later recorded several operas and oratorios for Vanguard Recordsa good majority Langsames Tempo - Schreiten - Jiri Tayerle* - Moderne Gymnastik / Musik Für Die Grundschule / Teil I them Handelian.
Peerce's final religious, pop, and recital albums from the late s through were released on Vanguard. It became his "signature tune" and he recorded it at least three times for RCA Victor. As of the late s, it remained among the all-time best selling recordings by opera and concert singers. Bluebird was second in sales only to Enrico Caruso 's recording of George M.
Cohan 's " Over There ". Peerce made a few film appearances, most notably in 's Something in the Windin which he plays Tony the jailer. In this role, Peerce sings the Miserere from Il trovatore in a duet with his jailed charge, the film's star, Deanna Durbin. This performance is available on DVD.
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