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Name: James McCracken  
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Date of Birth: 29th April 1926
Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana
Profession: Singer
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James McCracken (December 16, 1926 – April 29, 1988) was an American tenor.

He was born in Gary, Indiana and began singing in his church choir as a child. While he was in the US Navy during World War II, he sang in the Blue Jacket Choir. He studied music at Columbia University and with Elsa Seyfert in Konstanz, Germany.

He made his debut in 1950 with the Central City Opera in New York as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. He sang minor roles at the Metropolitan Opera from 1953 to 1957, while he was still a student. In 1957, he moved to Europe and made his debut at the Vienna State Opera. He had great success with the Zürich Opera.

Otello was one of his signature roles. Starting in 1963, he became one of the Met's principal Heldentenors.

He was married to the soprano Sandra Warfield, with whom he performed Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah at the Met. He returned to the Met only weeks before his death at the age of 61.

McCracken left a legacy of great recordings, such as Carmen, Fidelio, and Pagliacci, as well as Schoenberg's Gurrelieder.

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