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documentary The Life of Jan Peerce, Hosted by Isaac Stern "If I Were A Rich Man"

"If I Were A Rich Man"

The Life of Jan Peerce, Hosted by Isaac Stern "If I Were A Rich Man"


One hour biography of the life of the famous Metropolitan Opera tenor.

This one hour special should be mandatory viewing for students of proper singing. That Jan Peerce sang for over sixty years without damage to his voice is indicative of the thoroughness of his vocal technique. This wonderful film shows Jan Peerce at various stages throughout his career – from the 1940s Toscanini/Peerce film Hymns of the Nations through to his very final Carnegie Hall Concert in 1982 at the age of 78 – it is filled with wonderful insights into what drove the man and his music.

The film also includes extracts from violinist Isaac Stern's interviews with Jan Peerce, as well as television excerpts from the Edward R. Murrow TV programme and other interviews (including his wife, Alice). I showed it to a class of my vocal students (who hadn't heard of anyone except Pavarotti and Bocelli) and they were simply amazed at how expressive the human voice can be, how well the voice can remain even into the late 70s and just what a great singer Jan Peerce was.


  • Jan Peerce | Tenor
  • Allen Rogers | Pianist
  • Beersheba Chamber Orchestra
  • Mendi Rodan | Conductor
  • Westminster College Choir
  • NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Arturo Toscanini | Conductor
  • CBS Symphony Orchestra
  • Alfredo Antonini | Conductor
  • Vladimir Golschmann | Conductor
  • Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna Festival
  • Franz Allers | Conductor
  • Gershon Kingsley | Conductor
  • RCA Orchestra
  • Renato Cellini | Conductor


  • Directed by:
  • Production date: 1990
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Production: © Peter Rosen Productions, Inc.
  • Available version(s): EN
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