Jerome Hines (Jerome Albert Link Heinz)
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An articulate, intelligent man, who originally wanted to become a research chemist, Hines was also a Born-Again Christian who performed with the Billy Graham crusades and whose 1971 autobiography was entitled "This Is My Story, This Is My Song." His most famous roles in his 41 years with the Metropolitan Opera were Mephistopheles in Gounod's "Faust," King Philip in Verdi's "Don Carlo," Zacharie in Meyerbeer's "Le Prophete," the title role in Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov," Banquo in Verdi's "Macbeth," and the Marquis de la Force in Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites. Read more... "of Jesus, "I Am the Way," and was the first non-Russian to sing the title role in "Boris" at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera, in 1962, on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, with Nikita Khrushchev in the audience.