What’s a tenor doing on my tenner?

What’s a tenor doing on my tenner?


norman lebrecht

February 03, 2014

The Irish government has commemorated Count John McCormack on a 10-Euro coin.

mccormack coin

John McCormack (1884-1945) was a world-renowned Irish tenor, spanning Handel to Hollywood.


  • Allan Green says:

    A unique and absolutely glorious voice which still weaves its magic,

  • Ten-euro coins? We haven’t even had a five-euro one, yet. Good singer, though.

  • Glad about the tenner, this is the second clip I have seen of John McCormack with his little black book. Did the man have no memory to go with his voice?

    • Mike Fitzpatrick says:

      John McCormack sang hundreds of songs and left a legacy of over 800 recordings.
      It was during his concert performances that he had his little book should he momentarily forget the lyrics of a song…….it was more of a “security blanket” to enable him to be confident of his performance…….remember….it was live and there we no “do overs”.
      I imagine today many performers use teleprompters.