• Chaliapin 1

    Legendary voices in song

    Before the advent of discography, songs were rarely included by opera singers in their repertoire but they made exception for folkloristic songs especially in Germany, Russia and England, which were deemed suitable for concerts and refined salons.

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  • Beniamino Gigli

    The aesthetics of Beniamino Gigli’s singing

    A generation of the musical public grew up and had its taste shaped under the influence of Beniamino Gigli’s recordings; and among them a generation of young tenors blossomed under this same influence into artistic maturity…

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  • Miguel Fleta

    Miguel Fleta

    The short, but brilliant career of the Spanish tenor Miguel Fleta lasted for sixteen years, from his debut in Trieste 1919 until his retirement in 1935. He died three years later at the age of 41 only. With his death, his name escalated to the …

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  • Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi was born in Milan on February 10th 1923. As he himself repeatedly stated, he was largely self-taught and only for a short time attended the Conservatory of Milan. In 1941 he gave his stage debut in the part of Sparafucile in „Rigoletto“ in …

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  • Joseph Calleja

    Joseph Calleja

    Joseph Calleja was born in Attard, Malta, on 22 January 1978. His first encounter with the tenor voice was when he was only 12 or 13, through Mario Lanza in the film “The Great Caruso”. He joined a choir, started piano lessons and solfeggio, and …

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