EVANS, Ga. - Frank Rogier, a prestigious opera and Broadway singer and performer of the 1940's and 1950's died April 27th at Brandon Wilde in Evans, GA, his home of 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Glynn Hill Rogier, one sister, Suzanne Barber of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and many loving relatives.
Frank Rogier was born in Patoka, Illinois and moved to Decatur, Illinois at age 4 and lived there throughout his early years. He is the son of the late Francis and Opal Rogier.
Mr. Rogier was awarded a scholarship at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and graduated with a degree in Voice and Music. Mr. Rogier then received a scholarship with the Chatauqua Opera Company followed by a Fellowship at The Juilliard Graduate School in New York City. After Juilliard, he spent 43 months in the military as an interpreter and entertainer and then attended the Guild Hall School of Music in London. While studying in London, Mr. Rogier was called by Rudolf Bing, Metropolitan Opera general manager asking him to audition for the British composer Benjamin Britten. Rogier was awarded a lead role in Benjamin Britten's Opera, The Rape of Lucretia. Mr. Rogier performed in that opera at the world renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Settling in New York, Mr. Rogier played the leading role in Gian Carlo Mennotti's Broadway performances of The Medium and The Telephone. Rogier and Beverly Sills sang Bach's Coffee Cantata with The Little Orchestra Society and he also appeared with Katharine Hepburn in Shakespeare's comedy, As You Like It in Broadway's Cort Theatre. Mr. Rogier performed in New York City's Gilbert and Sullivan productions of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, H.M.S. Penafore, and Iolanthe. He additionally sang with the N.B.C. Symphony under the direction of Toscanini. Because of his great career and strong influence on others, he became known as 'the singer's singer' and leaves a great song in the hearts of the lives he touched. In 1956 he joined the 3M Company and spent 25 happy years in sales and sales management.
Funeral Services will be Friday May 3rd at 2:00 at the Franklynn Hall in the Kroc Center at 1833 Broad Street in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Salvation Army, 1384 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2013