Whatever became of Eugene Tobin?

The international American tenor died on November 8 in South Bend, Indiana. His death has not been reported in any US media, national or local. He was 97.

 

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Tobin sang opposite Tebaldi in Tosca and was billed twice to sing with Callas, but she kept getting herself fired. He sang small roles in Bayreuth in 1953-54 and was a member of the Hamburger Staatsoper cast 1956-64, also guesting in Cologne, Stuttgart, Berlin, Vienna and Florence.  In 1965 he joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf-Duisburg.


Some might say he lived too long to be remembered.

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  • I worked with his son, Tim, also a very promising jugendlicher Heldentenor and winner of the Lauritz Melchoir competition sometime in the early nineties. He seems to have disappeared, but I remember him talking a lot about his father at the time. Renata Tebaldi came to hear Tim sing one evening, but I don’t know if his father came too.

  • I saw him as Calaf, opposite Rysanek and Gencer in Los Angeles (1957) and as Eric, opposite Nilsson’s Senta in Chicago–1959. He was excellent in both roles.

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