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Alva, Luigi

Harold Rosenthal

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[Alva Talledo, Luis Ernesto]

(b Lima, April 10, 1927). Peruvian tenor. He studied in Lima with Rosa Morales and in Milan with Emilio Ghirardini and Ettore Campogalliani. He made his début in 1949 in Luisa Fernanda at Lima, where he sang Beppe (Pagliacci) the following year. His European début was at the Teatro Nuovo, Milan, in 1954 as Alfredo. He sang Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto to open the Piccola Scala in 1955, repeating the role in Edinburgh in 1957. At La Scala in 1956 he sang Almaviva, a role in which his highly developed sense of comedy and lack of exaggeration were to win him widespread admiration. He sang regularly in Milan (where he appeared in the premières of Luciano Chailly’s Una domanda di matrimonio and Riccardo Malipiero’s La donna è mobile), at Covent Garden (1960–77), at Chicago (1961–77) and at the Metropolitan (...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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