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Alfredo Kraus

  • Alfredo Kraus © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO

    Alfredo Kraus © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Nov 24, 1927

Date of death


" Tenor. He is considered one of the great singing voices of the 20th century, with outstanding performances both in opera and zarzuela.

He was born in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria in 1927, and received singing classes from Mercedes Llopart at the Milan Conservatory. He made his debut in 1956 in Cairo in Verdi’s opera, ‘Rigoletto’, as the Duke of Mantua, a role that later gave him worldwide fame. From then on, he started performing in theatres all over the world, sharing the stage with such famous divas as María Callas. He acted in two films: ‘Gayarre’ (1961) and ‘The vagabond and the star’ (1962). In 1993, he supported the project to create a foundation to help young composers, and called after the Austrian musician, Gottfried von Einem. His home town named an auditorium after him. He died in Madrid in 1999.


National Lyrical Theatre Award, Tenderete de Oro of the Canary Islands (1976)
Gold Medal of Las Palmas (1980)
Gold Bellini (1980)
Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1981)
Laura Volpi International Award (1984)
Caruso award (1987)
Príncipe de Asturias Award for the Arts (1991)
Gold Medal of the Complutense University of Madrid (1991)
‘Ojo Critico’ critics' Award (1998)
Yehudi Menuhin Award for Interpretation of Arts and Education (1999)

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