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Name: Richard Tucker  
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Date of Birth: 8th January 1913
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Profession: Singer
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Richard Tucker (August 28, 1913 – January 8, 1975) was an American tenor.

He was born Rubin Ticker in Brooklyn, New York, and his musical aptitude was discovered early. His first job was as a boy alto at the Lower East Side Manhattan Synagogue. He sang often for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs and eventually became a cantor at the Brooklyn Jewish Center. He participated in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1941, but did not win. However, when Met general manager Edward Johnson heard him sing at the synagogue, he offered him a contract on the spot. His debut was as Enzo in La Gioconda in 1945. This led to a long and illustrious career with the Met. He performed over 30 roles on its stage.

Even at the height of his fame, he regularly conducted synagogue services on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

He is considered by many America's greatest tenor.

He married Sarah Perelmuth, the sister of tenor Jan Peerce. She attended every performance.

Tucker had a propensity for playing pranks on his fellow-singers, often provoking a smile at some inappropriate moment in a performance; once during a performance of La Forza del Destino with Robert Merrill, he'd sneaked a nude photograph into the trunk that Merrill was supposed to open.

He died of a heart attack while preparing for a concert with Robert Merrill in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the only person who has ever had his funeral on the stage of the Met.

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