Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill

American opera singer, baritone
Date of Birth: 04.06.1917
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Robert Merrill
  2. Early Career
  3. Rise to Fame
  4. Later Career and Personal Life
  5. Death and Legacy

Biography of Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill was an American opera singer and baritone. He was born as Moishe Miller in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York to parents Abram Miller and Lillian Miller. His parents immigrated to America from Warsaw, Poland. Merrill's mother, who claimed to have performed in opera and concerts in Poland, suggested that he try singing as he had a stutter in his everyday speech but not when singing.

Robert Merrill

Early Career

Merrill began his vocal training and paid for his lessons with money earned from playing semi-professional baseball. He eventually broke into radio with a series of popular songs and performed under the name Merrill Miller. He then found work in the music hall at Radio City and with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Under Toscanini's guidance, Merrill participated in nationally broadcast productions of "La Traviata" and "Un ballo in maschera," which were ultimately released on compact discs.

Robert Merrill

Rise to Fame

Merrill quickly gained a good reputation among his colleagues at the radio channel. He made his debut on the opera stage in 1944, performing in Verdi's "Aida" in Newark, New Jersey, alongside the legendary tenor Giovanni Martinelli. In 1945, Merrill made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Germont in "La Traviata." That same year, he collaborated with Jeanette MacDonald on a recording of selected excerpts from the operetta "Up In Central Park," recording two duets for the album. From then on, Merrill was considered a well-known performer, and his reputation continued to grow.

Robert Merrill

Later Career and Personal Life

Merrill continued to sing as a baritone for a long time, even making a small singing appearance in the 2003 film "Anger Management." In 1952, Merrill married Roberta Peters, but they later divorced. His second marriage to Marion Machno was more successful, and they had two children together, David and Lisan. In his free time, Merrill enjoyed playing golf and was beloved by his friends for his incredible sense of humor. He released two volumes of memoirs, "Once More from the Beginning" and "Between Acts," and also co-wrote the novel "The Divas." Merrill traveled extensively around the world for musical purposes.

Robert Merrill

Death and Legacy

Merrill passed away at his home while watching a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. His gravestone is adorned with an image of a raised curtain, symbolizing the stage, and there are several small stones on top, following Jewish tradition.

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