Luigi Alva


Born: April 10, 1927; Lima, Peru  
In most eras, the heavy Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner singers are in the limelight and the smaller-voiced bel canto performers are cast in their shade. This was particularly true in the 1950s and '60s and yet Luigi Alva, unlike so many, never tried to venture out of his natural repertoire, an undertaking usually met with vocal disaster. Instead, he delivered Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti with great elegance and style for four decades. In his native Read more Peru (home of other noted lyric tenors such as Ernesto Palacio and Juan Diego Florez), he studied in Lima with Rosa Morales and in 1953, continued his studies in Milan with Emilio Ghirardini and Ettore Campogalliani at the La Scuola di Canto at La Scala. Returning to Lima, he made his opera debut in Torroba's zarzuela Luisa Fernandez. He returned to Italy to make his European debut at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata in 1954, following that with his La Scala debut in 1956 as Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Though soprano Maria Callas' few feuds were widely publicized, less-known was her practice of mentoring and encouraging young singers, Alva among them. At Glyndebourne, he made his debut as Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. His Met debut was in 1964 as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. In 1982, he returned to Lima to teach and left the stage in 1989. He sponsors the Luigi Alva Competition for young singers and gives master classes. Read less
Verdi: Falstaff / Karajan, Gobbi, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Alva, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 04/05/2011   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 48199   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Molinari-Pradelli, Petri, Gencer, Stich-Randall, Alva
Release Date: 03/29/2005   Label: Video Artists International  
Catalog: 4314   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Giulini, Callas, Alva
Release Date: 02/04/2006   Label: Idi  
Catalog: 6479   Number of Discs: 2
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Haydn: L'isola Disabitata / Doráti, Zoghby, Lerer, Alva
Release Date: 07/23/2008   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 432427   Number of Discs: 2
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Haydn: La Fedeltŕ Premiata / Doráti, Von Stade, Alva, Titus
Release Date: 07/09/2008   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 432430   Number of Discs: 3
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