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If I Were a Rich Man: The Life of Jan Peerce [DVD]

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Jan Peerce was a great singer, universally acclaimed as one of the outstanding artists of his time. Commencing with Peerce`s roots on the Lower East Side of New York and traveling "uptown" and around the world with him, this documentary explores the famous Metropolitan Opera tenor's life through interviews with Isaac Stern as well as performance footage. From the 1940s Toscanini/Peerce film Hymns of the Nations through to Peerce's final Carnegie Hall Concert in 1982 at the age of 78, this film is filled with wonderful insights into what drove the man and his music. Supported by grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Record Guide
This is greatly entertaining. Peerce (1904 - 84), Toscanini's favorite tenor, is a wonderful storyteller. Through black-and-white photos and film and through intelligent, entertaining questions and comments by Isaac Stern, viewers get a look at Peerce's humble beginnings... He did his father proud.

Fanfare
The film, naturally, also covers the years in which he sang Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, a role he embraced as eagerly as those of Riccardo or Alfredo. The good thing about it is that the film doesn't have to stretch to present Peerce as an essentially nice man, conscientious in his work but unpretentious in his personality. He exuded warmth whenever he sang and always tried to extend his art to those who couldn't afford seats at the Met. Would that we had more people like Jan Peerce in the art world today.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 59 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,



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>Various : Work(s)
  • Performer: Jan Peerce (Tenor)