One of America's greatest baritones has died today July 16, 2011 at the age of 88. Having sung all the leading Verdi roles and Wagner roles MacNeil had a beautiful voice that captured the emotions of each character he created on stage. To honor his death I want to share clips from his greatest roles.
MacNeil captures Rigoletto's suffering and anguish for his daughter Gilda. He captures the characters anger as well as his gentleness toward her. Best of all he sings with desperation. He represents what a Rigoletto should be.
MacNeil also knew how to represent evil in such a great way that at the end of the performance he was even likable. His Iago was powerful and charismatic. Most importantly he cast a spell on the audience in a way that Iago could be a likable character.
Rest in peace. We will certainly miss you and we hope that Maneil's legend lives on