Roald Reitan, a Tacoma-born baritone who won international acclaim as an opera singer during the 1950s and 1960s, died Feb. 21 at his home in University Place. He was 82.
Reitan first gained prominence with the San Francisco Opera and later went on to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he played 127 different roles in three seasons.
In 1964, he signed a three-year contract with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, singing in opera houses throughout Europe.
Reitan left the Pacific Northwest with great fanfare in 1959 after winning a regional competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera, a competition that gave him a three-year contract with the New York company.
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Reitan, who died seven months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly (Hunter) Reitan.