• Oreste Kirkop

    Oreste Kirkop

    Oreste Kirkop (Chircop), Malta’s singing ambassador of the Fifties who achieved international fame was born at Hamrun on July 26, 1923, the sixth child among the ten siblings of Jean Chircop and Fortunata Panzavecchia. Discovered and trained first by the Maltese tenor Nicolo’ Baldacchino, and later by …

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  • Anatoly Orfenov

    Anatoly Orfenov

    In 1928, Orfenov came to Moscow and found a place in the class of Alexander Akimovicha Pogorelskogo, follower of the Italian school of Bel Canto.Working with the major masters of Russian musical art finally shaped Orfenov into an ‘individual’ actor. He rapidly gained a leading …

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  • Gafni Miklos

    Miklos Gafni

    Gafni, whose original family name was Weinstock, was born on 28 May 1923. When Hungary was finally occupied in the closing stages of WWII, the family was rounded up and deported – Miklos to forced labour camps in Silesia, the others to unknown destinations. He …

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  • Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

    Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

    Which tenor had the career of Lauri-Volpi? Not many. Despite his fairly late debut at the age of 27, the Italian tenor enjoyed one of history’s longest careers, making his last opera performance at the age of 67 and astonished the world of opera by …

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  • Gösta Winbergh

    Gösta Winbergh

    The Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh studied engineering and played in a rock band through the 1960s, before pursuing vocal studies at the age of 24 in his home town, Stockholm.  His debut took place in Göteborg as Rodolfo in La Bohème (1973).  He became a …

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