The best Danny Boy there ever was…

The best Danny Boy there ever was…


norman lebrecht

May 08, 2018

The subject of Zsolt Bognar’s 50th episode of Living the Classical Life is Robert White, a versatile singer who toured as a child performer to earn money for his family, made his Carnegie Hall debut with Leonard Bernstein in 1959 and premiered a Hindemith opera with the composer.

‘In growing up, I got very bitten by the classical music bug,’ he relates. ‘And I’ve never stopped.’

At 81, he remains a brilliant teacher, mimic and raconteur.



  • Christopher Stager says:

    One the great American tenors – and an even greater person. Find his recording of Beethoven’s setting of an Irish folksong, “Thy kiss, dear maid…”

  • Paula says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this Norman. I remember Robert White from Manhattan School of Music and he was one of the kindest, most generous people who worked there. Clearly, he still is — and a great artist too.

  • Tom Haueter says:

    What a special tribute to a tenor extraordinaire, Robert White….I knew very little about this wonderful artist….his voice is velvet and his personality and charm is affectuous (and he still is going strong at 81….amazing)….It made my 65th birthday today (May 8th) that much more special….Thanks Norman for sharing….LOVE your posts!!!…P.S. Youtube has a lot to offer on this wonderful artist!!