VV Anthony Kaplen 1929-2017

  • Born in Pretoria, South Africa

    Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mother a Soprano SA Born, Lebanese & French, Father Lebanese

  • Father Born in Beirut Lebanon

  • Studied Piano, Music Theory, and Singing

  • Studied Theatrical Singing with Prof Graydon 15-24

  • Post WWII Italian Opera Companies in SA

  • Met & Influenced by Famous Tenor B. Gigli

  • Beniamino Gigli Encouraged him to go to Italy

  • Started Singing in Operettas, Musical Comedies

  • Studied Musical & Acting in London

  • Arrives in Milan from London

  • Studied Music & Singing Milan Sch of Music

  • Perf as Tenor in S. D'amico Orchestra

  • Period: to

    Worked in Sicily, Naples, Genoa, Rome, Nice, Lugano, Vienna, Salzburg

  • Arrives at Casa Verdi

  • Passes Away

  • Never Married, Spoke Eng, Dutch, French, Italian