Alfredo Kraus

Biography

Born: September 24, 1927; Las Palmas, Canary Islands   Died: September 10, 1999; Madrid, Spain  
A leading lyric tenor of his generation, Alfredo Kraus parlayed his vocal and artistic gifts into one of the longest and best managed careers in recent memory. Always careful -- both in choice of roles and in the regulation of his performing schedule -- not to overextend himself, he achieved a degree of consistency and longevity that kept him active professionally well into his sixties, always applauded for his youthful tone and delivery. Among Read more his vocal assets were an admirable top extension -- which included an enviable D above high C -- a warm tone, and an instinctive feel for the shape of phrases, especially in French repertory. He, Carlo Bergonzi, and Nicolai Gedda were noted for their style, refinement, and musicianship in an era when, especially in Italian opera, tenors often neglected such qualities. He starred in the title role of Viladamot's 1959 film Gayarre, a biography of the famous Spanish tenor.

While he studied music as a youngster, Kraus had no intention of becoming a professional singer, until friends and family began encouraging him to do so. In taking up vocal studies, Kraus avoided heavier repertory and focused on the bel canto tenore di grazia parts that he knew were right for his voice. At the age of 28, he won first prize at the Geneva Competition, and a representative of the Cairo Opera, who was present at the auditions, offered him the role of the Duke in Rigoletto; he made his professional opera debut at the Cairo Opera in that role in 1956. His great success there was followed by equally gratifying appearances in Venice, Turin, and Barcelona, and in 1958, he appeared in La Traviata with Maria Callas in Lisbon -- the Lisbon Traviata. In 1959, he sang Arturo in I Puritani for the first time, made his La Scala and Covent Garden debuts, followed by his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1965 and Salzburg debut in 1968. In Rome, he sang his first Werther, a role that, like Arturo, was to become one of his signatures.

Aside from his fine sense of the musical nuance and phrasing, his portrayal of the mentally unstable, morbid, masochistic, and manipulative character of Werther has been acclaimed as one of the most effective and insightful readings ever. During the 1980s, he began to limit the number of his performances even further (at the peak of his career, he never sang more than 50 in a year), and started to turn his attention to teaching, although even in the 1990s he still had an active performing schedule. Kraus died on September 10, 1999, after an extended illness. Read less
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  • 1.
    100 Best Verdi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548466 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rolando Villazón,  Renato Bruson,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Marcello Viotti,  Giuseppe Patané,  Julius Rudel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548163 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Heather Harper,  Thomas Allen,  Elisabeth Gale  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Karl Böhm  ... 
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    Deluxe Operas - Five Legendary Opera Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 546617 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Xavier Depraz,  Michel Hamel,  Ernest Blanc,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Otto Klemperer,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    The Gounod Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 571553 Release Date: 06/08/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Mirella Freni,  Michèle Command  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre,  Michel Plasson,  Jean-Claude Hartemann,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Rudel, Sills, Milnes, Kraus, Dunn, Ramey, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 570770 Release Date: 05/04/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Beverly Sills,  Sherrill Milnes,  Alfredo Kraus,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
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  • 6.
    Maria Callas Live & Alive: The Ultimate Live Collection Remastered
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563841 Release Date: 09/15/2017  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gasparo Spontini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Renato Cioni,  Rolando Panerai,  Nicola Zaccaria  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario,  Herbert von Karajan,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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    Maria Callas Live Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563467 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Amalia Pini,  Maria Callas,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Sinimberghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Erich Kleiber,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome  ... 
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    Verdi: La Traviata / Ghione, Callas, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos Lisboa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563917 Release Date: 09/15/2017  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Alessandro Maddalena,  Piero de Palma,  Maria Cristina de Castro  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Ghione
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Chorus
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    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Sutherland, Kraus, Bonynge
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA1237D Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Roderick Kennedy,  Stafford Dean,  Alfredo Kraus,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Rescigno, Gruberova, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 560933 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Kathleen Kuhlmann,  Robert Lloyd,  Renato Bruson,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: La Traviata / Muti, Scotto, Kraus, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557673 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renata Scotto,  Alfredo Kraus,  Renato Bruson
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Bellini: I Puritani / Muti, Caballe, Kraus, Philharmonia
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555528 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Montserrat Caballé,  Matteo Manguguerra,  Alfredo Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Bellini: I puritani (Selections) / Bonynge, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
    Label: Idis   Catalog: 6711 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Nicolai Ghiuselev,  Alfredo Kraus,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Clifford Grant  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte / Bohm, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554003 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hannelore Steffek,  Walter Berry,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    100 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Anna di Stasio,  Aldo Protti,  Renata Scotto,  Alfredo Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
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    Massenet: Manon / Zeani, Kraus, Rapalo, Teatro di San Carlo Napoli, 1964
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 6018 Release Date: 11/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Vittorio Pandano,  Franco Bordoni,  Franco Ventriglia,  Virginia Zeani  ... 
    Conductor:  Ugo Rapalo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli,  Coro del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Gavazzeni , Scotto, Kraus, Bastianini, Vinco
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9095 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Ettore Bastianini,  Renata Scotto,  Fiorenza Cossotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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    Bellini: I Puritani / Verchi, Freni, Kraus, Arie, D'orazi
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 81 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Alfredo Kraus,  Attilio D'Orazi,  Raphäel Arié  ... 
    Conductor:  Nino Verchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modena Teatro Comunale Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Voices of French Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 280462 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck,  André Modeste Grétry  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Miguel Villabella,  Solange Petit-Renaux,  Patricia Petibon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Maurice Cauchie,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Les Folies Françoises,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Montserrat Caballe Sings Bellini & Verdi Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828722 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Agostino Ferrin,  Julia Hamari,  Alfredo Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Anton Guadagno
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  • 22.
    Verdi: Opera Highlights
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 167332 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Renata Scotto,  Beverly Sills,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Julius Rudel,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lamberto Gardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 23.
    Solti conducts the Verdi Operas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746202 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jon Vickers,  Robert Merrill,  Rita Gorr,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Essential Film Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  James Horner,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Manuel Barrueco,  Steve Morse,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  David Abel,  Geoff Love  ... 
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    Arie Antiche / Alfredo Kraus, Jose Tordesillas
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5102 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Tommaso Giordani,  Vincenzo Ciampi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Jose Tordesillas
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