Cristóbal Altube

Altube was born on July 10th 1898 at Arechavaleta and died in Madrid during May 1951. He started working in a factory of the Unión Cerrajera de Mondragón. During his military service, his vocal abilities were discovered. In 1921, Altube started his vocal studies at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid. His teacher was the baritone Ignacio Tabuyo. Altube went to Milano for further studies. There, Altube met the Wagnerian tenor Grani who guided him. Altube made his debut at the Teatro Real in Malta in Samson et Dalila, immediately followed by Die Walkuere and Aida. This resulted in contracts with several Italian Opera Houses, starting with the Teatro Rossi in Milano where he sang Ernani. In 1935, Altube sang at the Petruzzelli at Bari Aida, Carmen, and La Forza del Destino.

At the Liceo in Barcelona, Altube sang his greatest role Otello and the Opera Amaya by Guridi. In 1939, Altube sang Aida at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. Altube sang all over the world, particularly in Milano, Roma, Brazil, Mexico, Lisboa, Berlin, Wien, etc..

In 1945. Altube alternated between singing and teaching at the Conservatorio Real. In 1951, Alube died suddenly from an angina. His last appearances was in Tosca at the Teatro Principal in Palma de Mallorca.

His voice is reported to have been brilliant and powerful, a true tenor di forza. His repertory included: Aida, Otello, Walkuere, Pagliacci, Tannhaeuser, Samson et Dalia, Carmen. No known record is known. The tenor Barrosa, a friend of Altube, reported that a German Company offered him to record several arias.


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