I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (second from top).
I wish to thank Dr. Eduardo Gabarra for the picture (bottom).
Armando de Assis-Pacheco was born at Itu, state of S. Paulo, Brazil, in 1915 and made his debut in S. Paulo, in 1938, singing Rodolfo in La Bohème. Soon thereafter he was engaged by the opera theaters of Rio de Janeiro and S. Paulo. In 1946, he went to Italy, staying there until the next year and singing in Napoli, Roma, and other smaller cities. Returning to Brazil, he sang regularly until 1975, both in Rio and S. Paulo, with occasional trips to Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela. He had an enormous repertory, ranging from Il Barbiere di Siviglia to Otello and Tannhäuser, but usually sang middle-weight roles such as Duca di Mantova, Alfredo, Rodolfo. Cavaradossi, Pinkerton and Werther. At the end of his career, he often sang Otello, not really suitable for his voice but where his well-developed acting skills did him good service. Together with singing he studied fine arts and was an admired portrait painter. He used this ability to design scenery and costumes for some production, including one of Otello in Rio. He was afflicted with Parkinson's disease. He died in 2005.>
First of all I wish to thank very much Assis Pacheco for providing me with unpublished live recordings of his voice. I also wish to thank Dr. Eduardo Gabarra for the biographical information.