He sang in several of conductor Arturo Toscanini's broadcast performances of operas on NBC - "Fidelio", "La Boheme", "La Traviata", and "Un Ballo en Maschera". All were eventually released on LP, and later remastered and released on CD.
Did You Know?
Made a triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut on a broadcast performance of November 29, 1941, singing "Alfredo" in Giuseppe Verdi
's "La Traviata". Although he shone in a cast that also included Jarmila Novotna
and Lawrence Tibbett
, it was decided not to tell the already nervous young man that the scheduled conductor, Gennaro Papi, had died suddenly, earlier that day. He found out when he saw Hector