Francisco Kraus Trujillo

Spanish baritone Francisco Kraus Trujillo was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 21 October 1926, the eldest child of Austrian-born Otto Kraus and a Spanish mother. He had a wide vocal range, and could sing up to a high B. His younger brother was the tenor Alfredo Kraus. Francisco and Alfredo studied initially with María Suárez Fiol, and later in Milan with soprano Mercedes Llopart.

Francisco Kraus made his debut in 1960 in Trieste, as Boyardo Chakloviti in Musorgsky's Khovantchina. He returned to Spain and spent four years singing Zarzuela.

He spent nine years in Venezuela (1978-1987), giving a series of concerts for radio and TV, and teaching vocal technique in Caracas. Then he continued to teach at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona until he retired.

He returned to his hometown, and gave his last public performance there in 1996, and was awarded the city's gold medal.

He died on 27 February 2016, aged eighty-nine.

 

 

All material © 1998-2020 Classical Music Daily,
various authors and photographers.
All rights of the original copyright holders
are reserved, and are credited where known.
Formerly known as Music & Vision
The world's first daily classical music magazine
Founding Editor: Basil Ramsey (1929-2018);
Editor: Keith Bramich