Mexican tenor. He was born in Mexico City, D.F., on the 6th of December of 1892.
He studied music and singing with Eduardo Vigil y Robles, José Pierson and José F. Vázquez.
He made his debut in opera in 1915, at the Teatro Arbeu in Mexico City, as Fernando in "La favorita".
He had a long and successful career and though Mexico was the center of his artistic activities he sang also in the United States, Cuba and Central and South America.
After his debut in 1915 he sang many seasons at the Teatro Arbeu. In 1917 he was chosen for the Mexican première of Mascagni's "L'amico Fritz". He also scored a great success as Nemorino in "L'elisir d'amore".
He sang frequently at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. In 1920 he sang there Rigoletto, La favorita, Madama Butterfly, Manon, Lucia di Lammermoor, La boheme, Faust and I pescatori di perle. He returned in 1921 to sing Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Cavalleria Rusticana. In 1925 he sang there Rigoletto and La boheme and in 1938 he sang in Guadalajara Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor and La sonambula.
During the 20's he sang every year in Mexico City, either at the Teatro Arbeu or at the Teatro Hidalgo where he was admired in La traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La sonambula, Cavalleria Rusticana, Manon, Faust, La boheme, La gioconda and Don Pasquale. Of course, his greatest triumph was always as Fernando in "La favorita" where he had to "encore" his romanza "Spirto gentil".
When in 1935 the Teatro Nacional de las Bellas Artes was inaugurated in Mexico City, he participated in its first season singing Rodolfo in "La boheme" (August 10 and 18, 1935). He also sang that year Faust. Fedora and La sonambula. In August 20 and 30 of 1936 he sang La boheme- In 1937 he was Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Enzo in La Gioconda and Des Grieux in Manon. In 1938 he sang Il barbiere di Siviglia and La sonambula. In 1939 he sang Manon, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Cavalleria Rusticana. In 1940 he sang Lucia di Lammermoor and La traviata.
He sang for the last time at the Bellas Artes in the 1944 season, again Fernando in "La favorita" (January 23) with Ramón Vinay as Alfonso and Des Grieux in "Manon" (January 30) with Leonor Cadena as Manon.
It seems that his last appearances at the opera were at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, in 1945, singing "Rigoletto" and "Lucia di Lammermoor".
He died in Mexico City on the 27 of April of 1968 at 75 years old.
Juan Dzazópulos E, January 2008
In RA Format
He recorded many records in the United States for Brunswick and Victor labels. Most of them were Spanish songs
intended "for export to Latin American countries".
I have chosen a selected discography of his records made for the Blue Label of the Victor company,
including all his operatic arias:
VICTOR (Blue Label) (1919-1920)
55090 L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
La boheme: Che gelida manina
55091 I pescatori di perle: Mi par d'udir ancora
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo
45140 La gioconda: Cielo e mar
Manon: Il sogno
45141 La favorita: Spirto gentile
Mignon: Addio, Mignon, fa cuore
45142 O sole mio (Eduardo Di Capua)
Torna a Surriento (Ernesto De Curtis)
45159 Alma de Dios (Serrano): Canción Húngara
Ojos tapatíos (Elizondo-Velázquez)
45160 Amar y sufrir (Jordá)
Adiós, Guadalajara (Carrasco)
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Barbiere).
I would like to thank Juan Dzazópulos E. for the biographical notes, picture and discography.