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I’ve heard Jerome Hines sing on occassion and had not realized that he had done a book about singing wherein he interviews great singers.The Magic Flute, Mephistopheles in Faust, Ramfis in Aida, the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, the title role of Boris Godunov and King Mark in Tristan und Isolde. Hines made his operatic debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1941. In 1946, Hines made his debut at the Met. In 1953, Hines made his European debut. Hines turned to coaching later in his career, founding the Opera-Music Theatre Institute of New Jersey in 1987, but he continued performing virtually until the end of his life; among his last appearances was a concert performance as the Grand Inquisitor with the Boston Bel Canto Opera in 2001 at the age of 79.
Hines wrote a memoir, This is My Story, This is My Song (1969) , and two books on singing, The Four Voices of Man (1997) and Great Singers on Great Singing (1982).
Hines maintained his interest in mathematics, one of his college majors, and occasionally published articles on the subject in mathematical journals; an example is an article “On approximating the roots of an equation by iteration” in the January/February 1951 issue of Mathematics Magazine.
Hines died of undisclosed causes in 2003, at age 81 at a Manhattan hospital.
Hines was married to the soprano Lucia Evangelista from 1952 until her death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2000. They had four children, David, Andrew, John and Russell. For most of his life, he lived in South Orange, New Jersey.
Hear him in an early recording @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BEYiDUB670
Hear him as an older man still singing @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaH4ZVwpqs
Hear him when old with Old Man River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lii5V2VjUQ4 I Iintroduce this song as the Basses National Anthem when I sing it because of Jerome Hines calling it that. He was 74 and still healthy and sounding healthy because of singing I’m sure.
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