Miguel Fleta


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(b Albalate de Cinca, 28 Dec 1893; d La Coruña, 30 May 1938). Spanish tenor. He studied at the Barcelona Conservatory and then in Milan with Luisa Pierrich, whom he later married. He made his début in 1919 at Trieste in Riccardo Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, then sang in Vienna (1920), Rome (1920–22, including the première of Zandonai's Giulietta e Romeo), Monte Carlo (1921), Madrid (1921–2) and Buenos Aires (1922), in Rigoletto, Aida, Tosca and, above all, in Carmen. He appeared at the Metropolitan (1923–5), at La Scala (1924), where he returned to sing Calaf in the first Turandot in 1926, and at the Teatro Colón from 1922 to 1927; his Paris début, singing Cavaradossi, followed in 1928. His repertory included Lucia, Pagliacci, Andrea Chénier and Manon. He had a beautiful voice remarkable for its colour, range, evenness, sensual warmth and ease of inflection and expression, and was considered by Giacomo Puccini to be the ideal performer of his works. He had also an exuberant and passionate temperament, but lacked taste and style, and failed to care for his voice, so that by 1928 he was already in decline. His virtues and failings are vividly exemplified in many recordings.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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