24 September 1921 Nunn – 28 June 2012 Ocala
with Thomas Tipton
Giffin served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, and afterwards, became an opera singer. As a dramatic tenor in Europe,
he performed in many operas, but specialized in Wagnerian works, such as Tannhäuser and Lohengrin.
In the U.S., he performed
with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC but only as a comprimario, and took part in the 1966 first public performance of the company at Lincoln
Center, the world premiere of Barber's Antony and Cleopatra.
Reference: Der neue Merker