Milnes Celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Met Debut

Sep 30, 2015

After celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year, now Sherrill Milnes – the definitive Verdi baritone of his generation – looks forward to commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Metropolitan Opera debut. It was on December 22, 1965, that he “handled himself with aplomb” (New York Times) in his first appearance at the house, singing Valentin in Faust during the company’s final season at the “Old Met,” its original midtown home. To mark this milestone, the 81st Annual Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon, “Golden Celebration” (Nov 13), honors the three-time Grammy Award-winner alongside his fellow Met legends Grace Bumbry, Mirella Freni, and Renata Scotto, all of whom, like him, celebrate the golden anniversaries of their debuts at the venerable New York opera house this year.