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Alfredo Kraus

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A respected lyric tenor of his era, Alfredo Kraus parlayed his vocal and artistic presents into among the longest and best managed professions in recent memory space. Always cautious — both in selection of tasks and in the rules of his carrying out schedule — never to overextend himself, he accomplished a amount of regularity and durability that held him active expertly well into his sixties, constantly applauded for his younger firmness and delivery. Among his vocal property were an excellent top expansion — including an enviable D above high C — a warm firmness, and an instinctive experience for the form of phrases, specifically in French repertory. He, Carlo Bergonzi, and Nicolai Gedda had been noted for his or her design, refinement, and musicianship within an period when, specifically in Italian opera, tenors frequently neglected such characteristics. He starred within the name part of Viladamot’s 1959 film Gayarre, a biography from the popular Spanish tenor. While he analyzed music as a young child, Kraus experienced no intention to become a professional vocalist, until relatives and buddies began motivating him to take action. In taking on vocal research, Kraus prevented heavier repertory and centered on the bel canto tenore di grazia parts that he understood were befitting his tone of voice. At age 28, he gained initial prize on the Geneva Competition, along with a consultant of the Cairo Opera, who was simply present on the auditions, provided him the function from the Duke in Rigoletto; he produced his professional opera debut on the Cairo Opera for the reason that function in 1956. His great achievement there was accompanied by similarly gratifying performances in Venice, Turin, and Barcelona, and in 1958, he made an appearance in La Traviata with Maria Callas in Lisbon — the Lisbon Traviata. In 1959, he sang Arturo in I Puritani for the very first time, produced his La Scala and Covent Backyard debuts, accompanied by his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1965 and Salzburg debut in 1968. In Rome, he sang his 1st Werther, a job that, like Arturo, was to be one of is own signatures. Apart from his good sense from the musical nuance and phrasing, his portrayal from the psychologically unpredictable, morbid, masochistic, and manipulative personality of Werther continues to be acclaimed among the most reliable and insightful readings ever. Through the 1980s, he started to limit the amount of his shows even more (in the maximum of his profession, he under no circumstances sang a lot more than 50 in a yr), and began to switch his focus on teaching, although actually within the 1990s he still got an active carrying out schedule. Kraus passed away on Sept 10, 1999, after a protracted illness.

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Full Name Alfredo Kraus
Died September 10, 1999, Madrid, Spain
Profession Singer
Nationality Spanish
Spouse Rosa Blanca Lej Bird
Children Patricia Kraus
Parents Otto Kraus Polensky, Josefa Trujillo Mújica
Siblings Francisco Kraus Trujillo
Music Songs Ah! Mes Amis, Chacun le sait, Lamento Borincano, Pourquoi me reveiller, Maitechu Mía, El guitarrico, Bella Enamorada, La Orilla De Un Palmar, Los de Aragón, Amapola, Islas Canarias, Marchita El Alma, Lamento Gitano, Jurame, Un Viejo Amor, Te Quiero, Dijiste, Te Quiero Morena, El Roncales, Estrellita, Oh Mari, oh Mari, Mi Viejo Amor, Ay Ay Ay, La Dolorosa, Granada, Pagliacci: O Colombina, Il Tenero Fido Arlecchi, Pour une femme de mon nom, El último romántico, Alma de Dios, Pour me rapprocher de Marie, La Tuna Pasa, Tous les trois réunis, Mujer de los Negros Ojos
Albums Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia - The Sony Opera House, Così fan tutte, Bohemios, El Vagabundo y la Estrella (Banda Sonora Original), La dolorosa, La traviata (selezione) (feat. Maria Callas, Alfredo Kraus, conductor: Franco Ghione), Inédito (Vol. III), Puccini: La Boheme; Opera in Four Acts, La Traviata, Alfredo Kraus - Canciones Inolvidables, 21 Éxitos Alfredo Kraus. Cancionero, El Gran Tenor. 15 Clásicos Populares, I Puritani (Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Riccardo Muti), Doña Francisquita, Alfredo Kraus. 15 Grandes Canciones, Verdi: La Traviata, Opera Y Mas Vol.2, Alfredo Kraus Romántico, Vocal Recital: Kraus, Alfredo - Liszt, F. / Donizetti, G. / Mascagni, P. / Respighi, O. / Verdi, G., Falstaff (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Solti, singers: Evans, Freni, Simionato, Merril), La Traviata (Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale of Florence feat. conductor: Zubin Mehta), Opera Y Mas Vol.1, The Incomparable Alfredo Kraus, Grandes Éxitos de Alfredo Kraus, 21 Éxitos: Alfredo Kraus, Alfredo Kraus - Grandes Canciones, Vol. 1, Rigoletto (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Julius Rudel), La Traviata (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Riccardo Muti), Con el corazón, Homenaje a una voz: Zarzuela I, Arie Antiche, Rigoletto, Alfredo Kraus - Canciones Italianas, The Best of Alfredo Kraus, Villancicos Líricos, Vintage Tenors No. 10 - EP: Tarantela, Ruperto Chapí : La Bruja (Zarzuela En Tres Actos) (1960), Vintage Tenors No. 8 - EP: Leyendas De La Alhambra, Romanzas y dúos de Zarzuela (Remasterizado 2017), Canciones Italianas y Españolas, Eternamente, Inédito (Vol. II), Mozart: Don Giovanni Highlights, Una voz universal, CD 2, Zarzuelas, Joyas de La Música Vol. 4, Black collection Alfredo Kraus, Vintage Christmas No. 5 - EP: Villancicos Eternos, Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor, Bizet - I Pescatori di Perle, Grandes Canciones, Vol. 2, Opera Heroes - Alfredo Kraus
Movies Jose Carreras Collection: A Bolshoi Opera Night, Alfredo Kraus in Concert, Alfredo Kraus: Live in Las Palmas 1995


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lazos 1995 TV Movie
Faust 1989 TV Movie Faust
Rigoletto 1989 TV Movie El Duque de Mantua
'Rigoletto' di Giuseppe Verdi 1987 TV Movie Duca di Mantova
Faust 1986 TV Movie Faust
Lucia di Lammermoor 1983/I TV Movie Edgardo
Lucrezia Borgia 1980 TV Movie Gennaro
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1979 TV Series Ernesto
Gounod: Faust 1973 TV Movie Faust
La Favorita 1971 TV Movie Fernando
Encontra a Mallorca 1962
El vagabundo y la estrella 1960 Jorge Salcedo / Peter Kaufman
Gayarre 1959 Julián Gayarre

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 2012 performer: "Ah, non più....Ah! Gran Dio! Morir si giovine"
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
De tu ventana a la mía 2011 performer: "Los pescadores de perlas"
Grand Theft Auto 3 2001 Video Game performer: "Finch'han del vino"
The Family Man 2000 performer: "La donna è mobile"
Analyze This 1999 performer: "La donna é mobile"
Aria 1987 performer: "Rigoletto extracts"
Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos 1980 performer: "Werther" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Himself
Caiga quien caiga 1999 TV Series Himself
Corazón, corazón 1997 TV Series Himself
Lo + plus 1996 TV Series Himself
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1996 TV Series Tenor
Gente de primera 1994 TV Series Himself
Telemaratón benéfico 1993 TV Movie Himself
Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 1992 TV Movie Himself
De tú a tú 1991 TV Series Himself
El programa de Hermida 1991 TV Series Himself
3x4 1990 TV Series Himself
Más estrellas que en el cielo 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
Mag magazine 1988 TV Series Himself
Gala of Stars 1986 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Estudio abierto 1984 TV Series Himself
Especial Nochevieja 1982 1983 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala 1983 TV Special Himself
Cosas 1981 TV Series Himself
Belleza y calor de España: Canarias, Granada, Santiago de Compostela 1967 Documentary short
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1962-1963 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series
Imprescindibles 2011 TV Series Werther
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
Caballé, más allá de la música 2003 Documentary Himself

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