James TyeskaOpera singer, teacherJames Tyeska, 43, a...


September 20, 1993

James Tyeska

Opera singer, teacher

James Tyeska, 43, a bass-baritone who was also a voice teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome Sept. 5 at his home in New York City.

Mr. Tyeska sang on the opera and concert stages. He was heard as Escamillo in the Peter Brook production of "La Tragedie de Carmen" at Lincoln Center, and as Malcolm X in "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X" by Anthony Davis at the first American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia.

This year, he made his debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin singing Porgy in "Porgy and Bess," was bass soloist in Verdi's "Requiem" with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and performed in concert with the Tulsa Philharmonic.

He also sang the Porgy role with the Houston Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra and at the 50th anniversary performance of the Gershwin opera in Charleston, S.C.

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