Tenors

  • Giovanni Martinelli

    Giovanni Martinelli

    Giovanni Martinelli was born in the Italian village of Montagnana on 22 October 1885, only two weeks before Aureliano Pertile, also a native of Montagnana. His first role was in 1908 as the messenger in Verdi’s Aida. 1910 he made his professional debut at the …

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  • Arnoldo Lindi

    Aroldo Lindi

    Aroldo Lindi, the Swedish tenor born Harald Lindau is perhaps not widely known today, but his achievements during his prime years are of certain stature. Through his nephew, Richard Lindau, the story of the Swedish immigrant, who originally wanted to become a boxer, has survived. …

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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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  • 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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  • Icilio Calleja

    Icilio Calleja

    The number of tenors throughout the first half of the twentieth century considered great exponents of the role of Otello ever since Francesco Tamagno premiered Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in 1887 at La Scala, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Without a doubt …

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