Todd Duncan,95, the baritone who created the role of Porgy...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

March 03, 1998

Todd Duncan,95, the baritone who created the role of Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and was the first black singer to join the New York City Opera, died Saturday at his home in Washington.

He was known for his elegant phrasing and burnished tone and his dramatic persuasiveness. Those qualities won him his debut role at the New York City Opera in 1945, when he sang Tonio in a production of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." His City Opera debut made him the first black singer to perform opera with a white cast.

Ramchandran Jaikumar,53, a Harvard Business School professor who touted minimalist factory designs to prevent disruptions at work, died Feb. 10 of a heart attack while mountain climbing in Ecuador.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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