Francis Valentine Dinhaupt, who was known as Frank Valentino during much of his career as an opera singer and teacher at the Peabody Conservatory, died June 14 of kidney failure at a nursing home in Fairfax, Va. He was 84.
A baritone, he sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years before teaching at Peabody from 1962 until his retirement in 1977. He lived in Severna Park during his years at Peabody, remaining there until he moved to Fairfax
about five years ago.
A native of New York City, he was reared in Denver and began studying music there. Mr. Dinhaupt went to Italy to study in 1926. He gained his professional name after an opera producer in Italy decided his name was too American and christened him Francesco Valentino.
Before joining the Metropolitan in 1940, he sang at many European opera houses, including LaScala in Rome and Glyndebourne in England. Besides singing with other compa
nies, he performed 26 roles in 21 seasons at the Met.
His wife, the former Edith Taylor, died in 1975.
He is survived by two daughters, Judith Sardella of Fairfax and Marion Newman of Hermitage, Tenn.; and two sisters, Margaret Marquis of Denver and Madeleine Capossela of New York City.
A mass of Christian burial was offered June 17 at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Fairfax.