elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Norman Andersson (1953 - July 19, 1993)

Norman Andersson was a singer with the Metropolitan Opera as well as the San Francisco and Pittsburgh symphonies.

Norman Andersson, a bass-baritone who sang at the Metropolitan Opera and with several symphony orchestras, died on July 19, 1993, at his home in Chatham Center, N.Y. He was 40.

The cause was AIDS, said a statement from Dorothy Cone, his press representative.

Mr. Andersson made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980-81 season. His Met appearances included roles in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette." He also sang with opera companies in Newark, Dallas, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

He was a soloist with a number of orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

A graduate of Temple University, he earned a master's degree in music at Indiana University, where he studied with Margaret Harshaw.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/21/obituaries/norman-andersson-bass-baritone-40.html

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.

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