Duncan, (Robert) Todd
- Dominique-René de Lerma
(b Danville, KY, Feb 12, 1903; d Washington DC, Feb 28, 1998). American baritone. After attending Butler University, Indianapolis (BA 1925), and Columbia University Teachers College (MA 1930), he joined the voice faculty of Howard University in Washington, DC, where he remained until 1945. He made his début in 1934 as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with the Aeolian Opera in New York, and later became the first black member of the New York City Opera, where he first appeared as Tonio (1945). Also active in musical theatre, he created Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Alvin Theatre, New York (1935). He appeared in the London production of The Sun Never Sets (1938) and as the Lord’s General in Vernon Duke’s Cabin in the Sky (1940 New York his performance as Stephen ...
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