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Alfredo Kraus
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TENOR: ALFREDO KRAUS

Alfredo Kraus was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 24th November 1927. He started his singing studies with MaríaSuárezFiol in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and afterwards with MrsMarkoff in Barcelona, Maestro Andrés in Valencia and Mercedes Llopart en Milan.

In January 1956 he made his world premiere at the Royal Theatre of El Cairo with the performance of Rigoleto and Tosca, obtaining a resounding success. That same year he also performed Traviata in La Fenice and Turin, Rigoletto in Palermo and Sevilla, Falstaff in Rome and La vidabreve in Trieste. From that moment on the performance of his Italian, French and Spanish repertoire turned him into the best lyrical tenor in the world.

Kraus´ premiere in Spain took place with Massenet´s Manon. Afterwards he performed Dña. Francisquita, the only zarzuela included in his repertoire, giving him the highest popularity.

As the most representative titles of his career repertoire we can underline the following: La Traviata, I Puritani, La Favorita, Luccia di Lamermoor, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, LucreziaBorgia, L´elisird´amore, Pecheurs de perles, Manon, Don Giovanni, Les contes de Hoffmann, Lakmé, Ali Baba, Elbarbero de Sevilla, Mephisto, Romeo et Juliette, La fille du régiment, Werther, Faust, Marina, Doña Francisquita, etc. He has also starring two films: Gayarre and The vagabond and the star.

Alfredo Kraus has beenone of themostawardedinterpreters of thiscentury:

Awardsreceived in Spain: Premio Nacional de Música de España, Palma de Oro de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cruz de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat de Cataluña, 1ª Medalla del Instituto Vasco de las Artes y las Letras, Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X El Sabio, Medalla de la Gran Orden del Mérito Militar con distintivo blanco concedida por SM el Rey Juan Carlos I, Encomienda de Isabel La Católica, Doctor Honoris Causa bytheUniversity of La Laguna, Doctor Honoris Causa bytheUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Medalla de Honor bythe Menéndez Pelayo University, Premio Canarias de las Bellas Artes e Interpretación and Premio Príncipe de Asturias.

En Francia, Comendeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medaille de BeauxArts, Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion République FranÇaise.

In France: Comendeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medaille de BeauxArts, Chevalier de l'OrdreNational de la LegionRépubliqueFranÇaise.

In Italy: CommendatoredellaRepublica Italiana, Verdi d'Oro di Parma, Medagliad'Oro de Bellini di Catania, Palcoscenicod'Oro di Mantova e Arena di Verona, Premio único Tito Schipa, Fiorinod'OrodellaCitá di Firenze, Premio Enrico Caruso y Sigillo Magnum dell' Universita di Bologna.

In Austria: Kammersänger des österreichenStaates, Ehrenmitglied der österreichenStaatsoper, Wissenschafts- und Kunstskreuz von Österreich.

In Portugal: Caballero da Orden de Santiago Da Espada

The Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition was held in the city of his birth, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 1990 to 1999.

In his later years, he combined his performances with teaching, giving master classes all over the world and running the Opera Singing Chair of the Reina Sofia Higher Music School in Madrid, which has borne his name since 1999. He has also given his name to the Opera Singing Chair of the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Liceo of Barcelona, and to the Alfredo Kraus School of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In 1997, the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wanted to pay tribute to its Favourite Son, naming the first musical coliseum of the city the Alfredo Kraus Auditoriums.

Alfredo Kraus passed away in Madrid in 1999 at the age of 71 and his mortal remains were brought home to the Vegueta Cemetery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2009 where they were laid to rest with other leading personalities of Canary Island society.

A way of conceiving music and opera singing as a way of life and of feeling died along with him. This way of life is reflected in a unique and different form of singing, Alfredo Kraus' way.

Coinciding with the date of birth of maestro Alfredo Kraus, a concert is put on as a tribute to the Gran Canaria tenor every year as part of the programme of what is now La FundaciónAuditorio y Teatro de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This tribute concert is performed every year in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium with the blessing of the Kraus Family.

Looking back over each edition:

2003 -I Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
with Idaira Rodríguez, Alba Serrano, Jesús Cabrera, Magdalena Padilla, Dácil rodríguez, Silvia Pileño, Davinia Rodríguez and Elisandra Pérez Juan Francisco Parra, Piano

2004 - II Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano

2005 - III Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Tom Krause, bass-baritone (1934-2013)

2006 and 2007 - IV and V Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
With a selection of ten music students from different conservatories and music schools of the Canary Islands and other provinces of Spain, under the tutorship of famous Italian soprano MirellaFren

2008 - VI Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Antonio Gandía,tenor

2009 - VII Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Yolanda Auyanet, soprano
Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra
Pedro Halffter, conductor

2010 - VIII ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Celso Albelo, tenor (former student of Maestro Kraus)
Juan Francisco Parra, piano

2011- IX ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Ainhoa Arteta, soprano
Marco Evangelisti, pianist

2012 - X ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Mariola Cantarero, soprano
Giulio Zappa, piano

2013 - XI ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
JOSÉ BROS,tenor
Marco Evangelisti, piano
With the collaboration of the Sociedad Filarmónica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

You are in Home >> History >> Historical figures >> Alfredo Kraus
Alfredo Kraus
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TENOR: ALFREDO KRAUS

Alfredo Kraus was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 24th November 1927. He started his singing studies with MaríaSuárezFiol in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and afterwards with MrsMarkoff in Barcelona, Maestro Andrés in Valencia and Mercedes Llopart en Milan.

In January 1956 he made his world premiere at the Royal Theatre of El Cairo with the performance of Rigoleto and Tosca, obtaining a resounding success. That same year he also performed Traviata in La Fenice and Turin, Rigoletto in Palermo and Sevilla, Falstaff in Rome and La vidabreve in Trieste. From that moment on the performance of his Italian, French and Spanish repertoire turned him into the best lyrical tenor in the world.

Kraus´ premiere in Spain took place with Massenet´s Manon. Afterwards he performed Dña. Francisquita, the only zarzuela included in his repertoire, giving him the highest popularity.

As the most representative titles of his career repertoire we can underline the following: La Traviata, I Puritani, La Favorita, Luccia di Lamermoor, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Sonnambula, LucreziaBorgia, L´elisird´amore, Pecheurs de perles, Manon, Don Giovanni, Les contes de Hoffmann, Lakmé, Ali Baba, Elbarbero de Sevilla, Mephisto, Romeo et Juliette, La fille du régiment, Werther, Faust, Marina, Doña Francisquita, etc. He has also starring two films: Gayarre and The vagabond and the star.

Alfredo Kraus has beenone of themostawardedinterpreters of thiscentury:

Awardsreceived in Spain: Premio Nacional de Música de España, Palma de Oro de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cruz de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat de Cataluña, 1ª Medalla del Instituto Vasco de las Artes y las Letras, Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X El Sabio, Medalla de la Gran Orden del Mérito Militar con distintivo blanco concedida por SM el Rey Juan Carlos I, Encomienda de Isabel La Católica, Doctor Honoris Causa bytheUniversity of La Laguna, Doctor Honoris Causa bytheUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Medalla de Honor bythe Menéndez Pelayo University, Premio Canarias de las Bellas Artes e Interpretación and Premio Príncipe de Asturias.

En Francia, Comendeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medaille de BeauxArts, Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion République FranÇaise.

In France: Comendeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medaille de BeauxArts, Chevalier de l'OrdreNational de la LegionRépubliqueFranÇaise.

In Italy: CommendatoredellaRepublica Italiana, Verdi d'Oro di Parma, Medagliad'Oro de Bellini di Catania, Palcoscenicod'Oro di Mantova e Arena di Verona, Premio único Tito Schipa, Fiorinod'OrodellaCitá di Firenze, Premio Enrico Caruso y Sigillo Magnum dell' Universita di Bologna.

In Austria: Kammersänger des österreichenStaates, Ehrenmitglied der österreichenStaatsoper, Wissenschafts- und Kunstskreuz von Österreich.

In Portugal: Caballero da Orden de Santiago Da Espada

The Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition was held in the city of his birth, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 1990 to 1999.

In his later years, he combined his performances with teaching, giving master classes all over the world and running the Opera Singing Chair of the Reina Sofia Higher Music School in Madrid, which has borne his name since 1999. He has also given his name to the Opera Singing Chair of the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Liceo of Barcelona, and to the Alfredo Kraus School of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In 1997, the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wanted to pay tribute to its Favourite Son, naming the first musical coliseum of the city the Alfredo Kraus Auditoriums.

Alfredo Kraus passed away in Madrid in 1999 at the age of 71 and his mortal remains were brought home to the Vegueta Cemetery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2009 where they were laid to rest with other leading personalities of Canary Island society.

A way of conceiving music and opera singing as a way of life and of feeling died along with him. This way of life is reflected in a unique and different form of singing, Alfredo Kraus' way.

Coinciding with the date of birth of maestro Alfredo Kraus, a concert is put on as a tribute to the Gran Canaria tenor every year as part of the programme of what is now La FundaciónAuditorio y Teatro de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This tribute concert is performed every year in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium with the blessing of the Kraus Family.

Looking back over each edition:

2003 -I Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
with Idaira Rodríguez, Alba Serrano, Jesús Cabrera, Magdalena Padilla, Dácil rodríguez, Silvia Pileño, Davinia Rodríguez and Elisandra Pérez Juan Francisco Parra, Piano

2004 - II Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano

2005 - III Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Tom Krause, bass-baritone (1934-2013)

2006 and 2007 - IV and V Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
With a selection of ten music students from different conservatories and music schools of the Canary Islands and other provinces of Spain, under the tutorship of famous Italian soprano MirellaFren

2008 - VI Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Antonio Gandía,tenor

2009 - VII Alfredo Kraus Tribute Concert
Yolanda Auyanet, soprano
Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra
Pedro Halffter, conductor

2010 - VIII ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Celso Albelo, tenor (former student of Maestro Kraus)
Juan Francisco Parra, piano

2011- IX ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Ainhoa Arteta, soprano
Marco Evangelisti, pianist

2012 - X ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
Mariola Cantarero, soprano
Giulio Zappa, piano

2013 - XI ALFREDO KRAUS TRIBUTE CONCERT
JOSÉ BROS,tenor
Marco Evangelisti, piano
With the collaboration of the Sociedad Filarmónica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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