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Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, talking about music

The Story

By 1969, Canadian tenor Jon Vickers has earned renown as an international star on the opera stage. He had an unexpected start on the road to success as an artist who could make a living singing, he tells CBC Radio host John Amis. He may have a reputation as a temperamental performer but he is firm in his resolve to never suffer prima donnas. Nevertheless, he remains humbly grateful for a voice that he describes as a "divine gift."

Medium: Radio
Broadcast Date: Jan. 11, 1969
Program: Talking about Music
Interviewer: John Amis
Guest: Jon Vickers
Duration: 9:21

Did You know?

• Jonathan (Jon) Vickers was born Oct. 29, 1926, in Prince Albert, Sask. He retired in 1988 after a career full of recordings and performances with opera companies around the world.

• According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Vickers rarely performed in Canada but appeared at Expo 67 and at the National Arts Centre in 1969. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada just three weeks before the radio interview heard here.




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