Public Figure Profiles

Paul Ukena

Paul Ukena (August 19, 1921 in Lakota, Iowa – March 10, 1991 in Flemington, New Jersey) was an American operatic baritone and musical theatre actor who had an active career from the 1940s through the 1970s. After beginning his career entertaining American troops as a part of the Special Services during World War II, his first critical success was as the baritone soloist in the American premiere of Frederick Delius's Requiem in 1950. He was one of the founding members of the NBC Opera Theatre, a company he performed with throughout the 1950s in such productions as Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd and the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio's The Trial at Rouen.

Ukena also enjoyed a lengthy association with the New York City Opera (NYCO) from 1958 to 1979. At the NYCO he notably appeared in a number of world premieres including Hugo Weisgall's Six Characters in Search of an Author (1959), Robert Ward's The Crucible (1961), and Dominick Argento's Miss Havisham's Fire (1979). At the NYCO he also starred in the United States premiere of Josef Tal's Ashmedai in 1976. He also served as musical director and conductor for the 1953 Broadway musical Maggie. He starred in the Off-Broadway musicals Sandhog (1954), and Hotel for Criminals (1974), and appeared in the Broadway musical Cry for Us All (1970).

After the 1970s, Ukena's performance appearances became rarer as he devoted his time to teaching at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York where he was a professor from 1961 until his retirement in 1989. He also was a faculty member at the Mannes College of Music in the 1970s.

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Some of their strengths

Paul Ukena has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Extroverted, Intelligent, Bold, Confident, Energetic, Passionate, and Smart.

Bold and Confident

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Paul Ukena is someone who is a bold, confident, energetic, and optimistic person, who is able to combine personal warmth and charisma with intelligence. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Strong and Resilient

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Paul Ukena well know them as someone who can be strong, expansive, and stable like a big tree.

Methodical and Exacting

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Paul Ukena as someone who is careful, methodical, and a perfectionist.

A person who forms successful business partnerships, who appreciates the variety the world has to offer, who takes a frugal approach to life and tends to be a workaholic, and who engages in things that let them express their opinion.

Realistic and Skillful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Paul Ukena is someone who is able to separate emotions from reality, see the world in terms of right or wrong, and who is very good at getting things done.

They are also someone who is altruistic, tolerant, and sophisticated, and who tends to be a perfectionist who is always working to try and make everything and everyone better.

Creative and Leadership-oriented

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Paul Ukena tends to be someone who is a natural leader, with determination, motivational powers, and who takes obligations seriously. Who has charisma, a sense of humor, and who tends to attract attention.

Some of Paul Ukena's challenges

While Paul Ukena has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Paul Ukena can be Arrogant, Status-seeking, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Hesitant, Narcissistic, and Sensitive.

Arrogant and Status-seeking

One of Paul Ukena's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as arrogant and status-seeking.

Sensitive and Critical

Paul Ukena is someone who can be insecure, critical, and pessimistic, who can have difficulty relaxing, can be possessive and jealous, and who can have difficulty listening to others' opinions and perspectives and make hasty decisions.

Domineering and Stubborn

Finally, Paul Ukena also can be too rebellious, not respond to criticism well, and be too emotional and extreme about things.

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