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ANTHONY--Charles. The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of our beloved colleague, tenor Charles Anthony. Charlie holds the record for having sung more performances than any solo singer in Met history, an astounding 2928. From his company debut in 1954 to his final performance in 2010, he sang 111 roles in 69 operas. In the half-century that he was a constant presence at the Met, he gained a reputation for artistic excellence and absolute professionalism. Charlie was also one of the most popular, respected, and loved figures in the opera house. He was a sympathetic and helpful colleague, a cool head under pressure, and a warm, cheerful team player who simply loved his job. His record number of performances is an amazing feat, but the deep affection and admiration that he inspired in his colleagues is an even greater legacy. We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Eleanor, his children Anna Beth, Barbara, and Tony, his seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and all his family and friends. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 16, 2012
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