Alfredo Kraus

Legends of Lyric Tenor

Alfredo Kraus
Legends of Lyric

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Alfredo Kraus

One of Spain’s greatest gifts to singing, Alfredo Kraus, the lyric tenor (1927 - 1999) flourished at Lyric, singing 17 leading roles with the company. A master of bel canto style, he also excelled in French repertoire and was often referred to as the “grand seigneur of tenors.” Kraus was renowned for his sovereign vocal technique, which enabled him to sing superbly even at age 70. A venerated figure in every company where he performed, he boasted an elegant stage presence that ideally matched his aristocratic vocalism.

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Alfredo Kraus's Roles at Lyric



1962



Nemorino 

L'elisir d'amore
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 31; Nov. 2, 5


1963



Count Almaviva 
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Gioachino Rossini
Nov. 6, 9, 11, 15

Ernesto
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 20, 23, 25, 27 (matinee), 29


1964



Fernando 
La favorita
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 12, 16, 21, 24

Don Ottavio
Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 16, 20, 22 (matinee), 25


1965



Faust 
Mefistofele
Arrigo Boito
Oct. 8, 13, 16, 18

Tenor Singer 
Carmina Burnana (Concert)
Carl Orff
Nov. 12, 15, 17, 20

Gonzalve 
L'Heure Espagnole
Maurice Ravel
Nov. 12, 15, 17, 20

Duke of Mantua 
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 26, 29; Dec. 2 (student matinee), 4, 6 (student matinee), 8


1966



Nadir
Les pêcheurs de perles
Georges Bizet
Nov. 11, 14, 16, 19

Singer
Italian Flood Relief Benefit Concert
Nov. 20

Alfredo Germont
La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 25, 28, 30; Dec. 2, 5, 7, 10, 13


1968



Ernesto 
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 23, 27; Dec. 2 (student matinee), 2 (evening), 4, 7, 13


1969



Lord Arturo Talbot 

I puritani
Vincenzo Bellini
Nov. 1, 5, 8, 14, 17

Don Ottavio 
Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 12, 21, 24, 29; Dec. 3, 6 


1970



Chevalier des Grieux 
Manon
Jules Massenet
Sept. 29; Oct. 1, 4, 12, 15, 17 

Tonio 
La Fille du Régiment
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 20, 24, 26; Nov. 2, 5, 7


1971



Duke of Mantua 
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 4, 6, 9, 12 (student matinee), 15, 20

Werther 
Werther
Jules Massenet
Oct. 23, 27, 29; Nov. 2 (student matinee), 5, 8


1973



Chevalier des Grieux 
Manon
Jules Massenet
Sept. 29; Oct. 1, 4, 12, 15, 17

Tonio
La Fille du Régiment
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 20, 24, 26; Nov. 2, 5, 7


1974



Fernando 
La favorita
Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 25

Ernesto
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 2, 4, 8, 11, 16, 19


1975



Alfredo Germont 
La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Sept. 26, 30; Oct. 4, 8, 13, 17, 21 (matinee)


1976



Duke of Mantua 
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 27, 30; Nov. 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16 (matinee), 19, 23


1978



Werther 
Werther
Jules Massenet
Oct. 25, 28, 30; Nov. 3, 7, 10, 13

Ernesto 
Don Pasquale
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 18, 22; Dec. 1, 4, 9, 12, 15


1979



Faust 
Faust
Charles Gounod
Sept. 22, 25, 28; Oct. 1, 3, 6, 9, 15, 19


1980



Soloist
Alfredo Kraus in Recital
Dec. 14


1981



Roméo 
Roméo et Juliette
Charles Gounod
Nov. 27; Dec. 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 19


1982



Hoffmann 
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach
Sept. 18, 21, 24, 27; Oct. 2, 6, 9, 14


1983



Chevalier des Grieux
Manon
Jules Massenet
Nov. 25, 28; Dec. 1, 7, 10, 13, 16


1990



Edgardo di Ravenswood 
Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti
Nov. 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30
Alfredo Kraus as Werther. Lyric, 1978. Photo by David H
Alfredo Kraus as Werther. Lyric, 1978. Photo by David H. Fishman.

 

 

 


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