Antonio Carrión

Picture of Antonio Carrión as Edgardo

He was born in Valencia (Spain) in Jan-29th 1902, and became an Argentinean citizen on March 3rd 1927. He studied in Rosario with Mº Sismondo. Due to his excellent pitch, he was sent to study in Italy with Cavaliere Benedetto Luciniani.

Two years later, he was heard by Commendatore Ferone in an audition at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano . Thereafter he started his career in different Italian theaters such as Nazionale di Milano , Adriano di Roma, Sociale di Campobasso, Vittorio Emmanuele di Torino Petrucelli di Bari etc., and southern Italy's cities such as Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro, etc., were he sang his most representative operatic roles such as: Edgardo, Rodolfo, Fausto ( from Boito's Mefistofele), Alfredo and Duca di Mantua.

Because of his father's death, he returned to Rosario and made his debut at Teatro de la Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor followed by Rigoletto. In Buenos Aires, he made his debut at Teatro Politeama in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in Montevidero at Teatro Sodre with the same opera with Lily Pons and Victor Damiani and Mº Calussio at the podium.

Then he was hired by Mº Paolantonio to tour in Brazil, performing at the teatro San Gaetano of Rio di Janeiro in Tosca, Boheme Traviata, Lucia, Rigoletto, and Cavalleria Rusticana. The tour ended with Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Paolantonio who was killed the day after during a rehearsal.

After many recitals, he returned to Buenos Aires and few days later he was called urgently from Porto Alegre, where he had to replace Beniamino Gigli in Lucia, besides Bidu Sayao. In Argentina he sang in many provincial theaters , his repertory was Carmen, Aida, Rigoletto, Pagliacci and Lucia.

In the seasons of 1942 up to 1945, he sang many times at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile: Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán ( by Remigio Acevedo), in the world premiere), Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda (by Pisquert), Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto. He sang also at Valparaiso in Trovatore, Rigoletto, Butterfly, etc.

In 1945 he made a Latin American tour with his wife the soprano Angelici, this tour started in Lima (Perú) with Lucia and during 10 months they were singing in many important theaters operas such: Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Marina and Lucia in cities such, Cali, Bogotá, Medellin, Caracas, Quito, Maracaibo, etc.

After that in Buenos Aires, he sang in La Rural de Palermo with the Teatro Colon Company in Aida , and several operas at the Argentino de La Plata. During all his career, he was very close to the Teatro Marconi. This was the theater were all the Argentinean opera singers of those days prepared their main roles and it was their way into the Colon.

Carrion was also manager and producer of this theater during the 50's. In the early 60's, he often sang at the "Lunes líricos", (lyrical Monday), were the young conductor Miguel Angel Veltri started in the opera world. His last performance was Il Trovatore, during those cycles.

After he retired, he taught singing. He died in Buenos Aires on June 1st 1978.

Antonio Carrion (at 75 years old) singsLos Hugonotes: Bianca al par
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I wish to thank Roberto Falcone for the biographical information, picture and the recording.

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