This Week in History
Edward Johnson's Life as a Tenor
|For the week of Monday August 20, 2012
On August 22, 1878, Edward Johnson was born in Guelph, Ontario. This internationally renowned tenor made his mark on the musical world with his performances and his management of the New York Metropolitan Opera.
The couple settled in Florence so that Edward Johnson could perfect his art. It was in this city that Edward Johnson – now known as Eduardo Di Giovanni – made his opera debut in 1912. He experienced his first major success in 1914. For the following five years, he performed throughout Italy, Spain and Argentina.
Upon his retirement, he returned to live in Canada, where he became involved with the Toronto Conservatory and created a foundation which supports the Guelph Spring Festival. In 1959, he died of a heart attack in his home town
In honour of his contribution to the opera world, Edward Johnson was designated a person of national significance in 1974.
To learn more about Edward Johnson, visit The Virtual Gramophone. To learn more about Canadian singers, read A Canadian Diva, Quebec's Star and Canada's First Chansonnière, and Portia May White: the Legendary Contralto, in the This Week in History archives.
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