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Tomáz Alcaide

(1901—1967)


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(b Estremoz, 16 Feb 1901; d Lisbon, 9 Nov 1967). Portuguese tenor. He studied at the University of Coimbra, at the same time taking singing lessons in Lisbon, and in Milan (1925), where he made his début in 1926 as Wilhelm Meister (Mignon) at the Teatro Carcano. He sang in various Italian cities, then made his début at La Scala in 1930 as Mascarillo in Felice Lattuada's Le preziose ridicole, followed in 1931 by M. le Bleau (Wolf-Ferrari's La vedova scaltra) and the King's Son (Königskinder). In 1931 he also sang Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), the Duke of Mantua and Pinkerton at Monte Carlo; Alfredo (Traviata) in Rome; and Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at Salzburg. He sang Rodolfo and Cavaradossi at the Opéra-Comique, Paris (1936), and appeared at the Théâtre de la Monnaie (1937–8). His French roles included Werther, Des Grieux (Manon), Nadir and Faust. His final stage appearance was as Gioachino Rossini's Almaviva at São Paulo in 1948. A distinguished actor, he had a beautiful lyric voice, with easy top notes and excellent breath control. His memoirs, Um cantor no palco e na vida, were published in Lisbon in 1961.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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