Sunday, December 25, 2011

Alfredo Kraus

Alfredo Kraus Trujillo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, November 24, 1927 – Madrid, September 10, 1999) was probably one of the best tenors Spain and the world gave birth, being his characterization of Werther (from the homonymous opera of Jules Massenet ) the most acclaimed by the public.
Kraus began studying music at the tender age of 4 with piano lessons, and at eight entering the school choir. He debuted at the Real theatre of El Cairo in 1956, with the role of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's operaRigoletto”, and the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's operaTosca”.
His fame grew by starring in 1959 the movie "Gayarre", which brings to life the famous navarre tenor.
Kraus was also a noted interpreter of various operetta hits like "La tabernera del puerto", "Doña Francisquita", "La revoltosa", and "El huésped del sevillano".
International criticism in general hails him as one of the finest lyric tenors of the world and a great exponent of bel canto. Those who disagree tend to label his projection as "nasal" and the natural sound of his instrument as "ugly."

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