The guy who sang at the Met 2,928 times

The guy who sang at the Met 2,928 times

Jenna Simeonov

In what can be deemed the Great Find of the Weekend, check out this list of artists who have had the most performers at The Metropolitan Opera. I can’t vouch for how accurate (or up-to-date) the list is, and since it’s a Wikipedia article, go ahead and take it with a grain of salt. That said, have a look at the ten singers with the most Met stage time:

  1. [Charles Anthony](, tenor 2928 performances (what.)
  2. George Cehanovsky, baritone - 2394 performances
  3. Angelo Badà, tenor - 2170 performances
  4. Paul Franke, tenor - 1980 performances
  5. Louis D’Angelo, baritone - 1882 performances
  6. James Courtney, bass-baritone - 1869 performances
  7. Andrea Velis, tenor - 1693 performances
  8. Paul Plishka, bass - 1642 performances
  9. Paolo Ananian, bass - 1639 performances
  10. Giordano Paltrinieri, tenor - 1618 performances

Although not surprising, it’s pretty fascinating that all of these singers specialized in comprimario repertoire. Between 1954-2010, Charles Anthony sang with Louis Quilico, Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, Kiri Te Kanewa, Teresa Stratas, and Jessye Norman; George Cehanovsky sang over 70 roles between 1926-1966, including everything from Sciarrone to Schaunard.

The lives of these people, I can’t even imagine it.

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