Published: December 2009
John McCormack, Tenor: Celebrating 125 years,” an exhibition at the Burns Library from September 8 to December 11, marked the birth of the Irish-born U.S. tenor whose record sales on occasion eclipsed Caruso’s. McCormack’s repertoire ranged from Mozart to Tin Pan Alley. He first performed in America at the “Irish Village” exhibition of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. In 2006, the Library of Congress placed his recording of “Il Mio Tesoro” from Don Giovanni in the National Recording Registry. McCormack recorded until 1942. He died in 1945, as the “full-voiced” method of singing he epitomized was giving way to a style modulated for the microphone.
Memorabilia from the Library’s Frederick M. Manning and Michael Meagher collections. Click to view
Irish musician Mick Moloney and Klezmer musician Hankus Netsky discuss America’s early 20th-century popular music scene at a symposium held in conjunction with the McCormack exhibition (1:38:33) Click to view
Signature performances, from YouTube