FRANCESCO ALBANESE Francesco Albanese, tenor
Francesco Albanese (b. 1912) was born at Torre del Greco near Naples.
He was a lyric tenor and made appearances after 1941 at many of Italy's leading
theatres, the San Carlo Naples, the Rome Opera, La Fenice in Venice, the Comunale
Florence, La Scala, Milan, and abroad at the São Carlos, Lisbon, Covent
Garden, London, the Colón, Buenos Aires, and Kiralyi in Budapest. For
twenty years he sang Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro in La
Cenerentola, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Jeník in Smetana's
La sposa venduta, Fenton in Falstaff, Ernesto in Don Pasquale,
Ismael in Nabucco, Faust, Rodolfo, Giuliano in Charpentier's Luisa,
Wolfgang Capito in Hindemith's Mathis il pintore, Avito in Montemezzi's
L'amore dei tre re, Faust, Giasone in Cherubini's Medea, Pilade
in Gluck's Ifigenia in Tauride and Rinaldo in Rossini's Armida,
the last three of which he sang opposite Callas; of the last two recordings
survive of broadcasts.