Todd Duncan papers 1912-1998 1935-1973


Todd Duncan papers 1912-1998 1935-1973

The Todd Duncan Papers document the life and career of baritone singer Todd Duncan. Trained as a classical singer, Duncan was chosen by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in Gershwin's American folk opera . Duncan's career spanned numerous concert tours, productions, and performances. The papers in the collection include photographs, scrapbooks, news stories, and personal papers. Porgy and Bess

12 linear feet



SNAC Resource ID: 6388728

Bentley Historical Library

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