Tino Pattiera


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(b Cavtat, nr Dubrovnik, 27 June 1890; d Cavtat, 24 April 1966). Croatian tenor. He studied in Vienna and after gaining experience in operetta made his début at the Dresden Hofoper in 1914 as Manrico in Il trovatore. His fine voice was matched by good looks, and he became the most popular tenor in Dresden, especially when paired in the 1920s with the soprano Meta Seinemeyer. With her, and under Fritz Busch, he sang in some notable productions, including La forza del destino, Don Carlos, The Queen of Spades and Andrea Chénier. Although he specialized in the Italian repertory, he also sang Tannhäuser, and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. He joined the Chicago Opera Company in the 1921–2 season, and was a guest artist in Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade. He gave his last concert at Dresden in 1953 and taught for some years in Vienna. Although a highly gifted singer, he lacked the secure technique and stylistic discipline to make the best use of his voice. Recordings preserve its distinctive timbre, and his duets with Seinemeyer make it understandable that their performances together in Dresden created an enthusiasm comparable to the Melba-and-Caruso evenings in London.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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