Famadas, a Catalan dramatic tenor, was born in Gerona in 1883. He studied singing first in his hometown, then in Barcelona, before going to Milan where he studied with Giuseppe Falno. He made his debut in 1909 as Radames at the Teatro de las Arenas in Barcelona. From there, Famadas sang all over Spain. Famadas toured later Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. He also sang in the USA. During the 1910s, Famadas was particularly active in Madrid at the Teatro Real (1913, Samson et Dalila with Nina Frascani and Antonio Vidal; Aida with Cecilia Gagliardi, Riccardo Stracciari, Virginia Guerrini and Luigi Marinuzzi). On December 23rd 1924, Famadas took part in Tannhäuser at the San Carlo in Napoli with Iva Pacetti, Luigi Montesanto, Lucia Bonetti and Giulio Tomei. During the early part of 1928, he toured the USA with Giorgio Polaco's company that included Poli-Randaccio, Miura, Palet, Ordóñez and Lazzari. On January 7th 1926 at the Teatro Apollo in Madrid, Famadas sang in Aida with Olga Carrara, Blanca Serena, Víctor Damiani and Aíbal Vela. On January 28th 1928, Famadas sang in Karlsruhe in the opera Nerón y Acté by Juan Manén. It is known that Famadas was the possessor of a great voice both in quantity and quality. It is a mystery that he never recorded anything.
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