VIDEO PODCAST: Discussion about Bernard Haitink (1929-2021), Salzburg, Roger Doyle's Finnegans Wake Project, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Chopin Competition Warsaw, Los Angeles Opera and other subjects in our hour-long November 2021 video.
The Spanish lyric tenor, Alfredo Kraus, was born on 24 September 1927 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, the son of a Spanish-naturalised Austrian. Following his 1956 début in Cairo as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, he sang and acted around the world's stages and screens for more than forty years and was always in demand. Montserrat Caballé once said that Kraus had 'a privileged voice' and that his death in Madrid, from cancer, on 10 September 1999, left a huge void in the opera world.
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