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E. Renan, bass-baritone in N.Y. Opera, dies at 88

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ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Emile Renan, a bass-baritone who performed in New York City Opera's inaugural production, died Dec. 8. He was 88.

When the curtain rose on Feb. 21, 1944, the first opening night for the City Opera, Renan was the first performer seen on stage as the Sacristan in Puccini's "Tosca."

Renan went on to sing 32 buffo and character parts at the City Opera in 15 years and dozens more at opera houses and theaters nationwide.