Death of a noted NY voice teacher, 90

We have been informed of the death, on February 27, of Anthony Frisell, New York voice teacher and theorist whose books are widely known. They include The Tenor Voice, The Soprano Voice, The Baritone Voice, A Singers Notebook and Flow of Breath.

Born in New Orleans of Italian parents, he worked as an opera director with Dorothy Kirsten, Zinka Milanov, Mario Del Monaco, Leonard Warren, Victoria de los Angeles and Richard Tucker.

There will be a memorial service on April 14 at 7 PM at YEORYIA STUDIOS (The Otello Studio) Floor 5, Epic Security Building,2067 Broadway, Between West 71st & West 72nd Street.


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  • Antonio was a wonderful man, a good friend and great voice teacher. He collaborated and communicated with me during his busy schedule and every suggestion was profitable and helpful. The singing world has lost not only a great human being and voice teacher, but one of the last who truly understood and taught the Bel Canto method(s). His teaching(s) concerning the unification of vocal registrations is unparalleled. We are blessed to have his writings/teachings as his legacy. May Antonio’s memory be a blessing to all those who still cherish his presence and influence. – Cantor Stephen Chaiet NATS Canada, CCA Cantorial Council of America, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, ON 2019 – 2020

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