Richard Tucker, Performing Here in Opera,
Calls Cantorial Singing Greater Challenge
BY NOEL DUNCAN
Although the world's greatest
-opera houses pay top fees to Rich-
ard Tucker, the world-renowned
singer, who will appear with the
Metropolitan Opera at the Masonic
Temple Auditorium next week,
considers intoning the ancient He-
brew chants of the synagogue
service an even greater artistic
and physical challenge. (Tucker
will sing the role of Turiddu in
Cavalleria Rusticana Monday and
the title role in Andrea Chenier
Called "the greatest tenor in the
world" by Time magazine a n d
"the Met's second Caruso" by the
Saturday Evening Post, Richard
Tucker finds himself this year the
focus of a nationwide silver jubilee voice teacher, the late Paul Alt-
celebration, as the Metropolitan house, persuaded him to "sing
unto the Lord a new song."
Opera Association and Tucker fans
Cantorial singing, Tucker says,
join to honor the 25th anniversary
necessitating equal prepara-
of his Metropolitan debut.
tion as to purely vocal technique,
Tucker started singing at age
makes even greater demands on
6 as a boy alto in the Allen
the . physical endurance and dra-
Street Synagogue on New York's
matic ability of an artist than
Lower East Side and worked his
does the mastering of an operatic
way to Conservative Judaism's
role. "You have plenty of time
top cantonal post before h i s during an opera when you can rest
your vocal cords, and gather your
physical resources for the next big
aria or ensemble," Tucker points
"For the synagogue service for
the Day of Atonement, however,
the service begins around 7:30 in
the morning and lasts all day long.
The cantor is permitted no food or
drink and must sing his heart out
during almost all of this time,
while his throat, bowing to no re-
ligious ritual in its needs, gets
drier and drier.
"Then, too, in the theater, you
have costumes, sets, and the coop-
eration of other artists to bolster
your interpretation. In the syna-
gogue, if the cantor is to be con-
sidered a true spokesman for the
spiritual expression of his people,
he must maintain an intense atti-
tude of devotion throughout t h e
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Settlers in Israel
The number of immigrants who
came to Israel with the help of
service while concentrating on a UJA in 1969 was 39,886, an increase
single interpretative line based on of 28 per cent over the 31,071 who
a series of stylistic variations came in 1968. This coming year,
which have remained unchanged 60,000 immigrants are expected.
basically for centuries."
The tenor aria from Rossini's
"The Barber of Seville" was the
first full aria Richard Tucker
ever learned in his early vocal
studies with Paul Althouse and,
as Tucker recalls it, it was this
aria which helped him to im-
prove his cantorial chants. "I
soon discovered," he recalls,
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"that the Italian method of bel
canto could be perfectly applied
to the ancient Hebrew liturgical
music, which is actually not un-
like Italian in that all the vowels
are open, never closed, and
never in the throat."
Largely unknown to the large
majority of non-Jewish music
lovers, according to Tucker, is the
tremendously intricate and highly
individual literature that com-
prises the cantor's repertoire. "I
have collected about 4,000 prayers,
many of them in manuscript, and
I have hardly scratched the sur-
face," Tucker declares.
He hopes one day to edit and
publish some of this rich musical
legacy of his people, hitherto
handed down through generations
by word of mouth alone, and rang-
ing all the way from the imagina-
tive cadenzas and involved arab-
esques of the ancient hazzanim to
the expressive tonal language of
the youthful modern Israel.
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