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Fairview Cemetery Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA, Plot K – 29

James Tyeska (August 5, 1950 - September 5, 1993) was an Opera singer. He was also a voice teacher at Sarah Lawrence College. His Credits include La Tragedie de Carmen and the role of Porgy with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

 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.

In 1993, the same year of his death, 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.

Tyeska performed 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.

He died on September 5, 1993, at his home in New York City. He was 43. The cause was AIDS, his family said.


  1. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/17/obituaries/james-tyeska-is-dead-bass-baritone-was-43.html