ChanginAging.org would like to wish a very happy birthday to contributing blogger Al Power!
Swiss tenor Hugues Cuenod passed away at his home on December 6th. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s Turandot in 1987.
By the way, he was 108 when he died and his Met debut was at age 85.
Having been a concert singer most of his life, Cuenod turned to opera in his later years He had a clear tenor voice that was noted for the quality of his diction. Alice Tully, who was in the audience for the premiere, remarked, “Huguie may be the oldest one on that stage, but he’s the only one whose words I can hear clearly.”
Leave it to an older adult to teach us the value of speaking (or singing) in an understandable manner.
Another first for Cuenod: entering into a civil union when he was 104 (his partner was 64).