We are sorry to inform that tenor Alfredo Colosimo passed away on August, 27. 2009 at the age of 86, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil leaving a heritage of great singing for all the opera lovers and for his many students.

 PERSONAL DATA  - Born in Rio de Janeiro on September 30th 1923, Brazilian, of Italian parentage.

 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS  - Studied at the Italian School "Principe di Piemonte all'estero" in Rio de Janeiro. Obtained a Bachelor's equivalent in singing from the Lorenzo Fernández Academy of Music in the following disciplines: Theory and Theory Improvement, Morphology, History of Music, History of Art, Anatomy of Voice, Physiology of Voice, Chamber Music, singing and bel canto, piano (basic and higher level) and art of lyric declamation. Studied the guitar for 5 years.

 SINGING  - From 1940 to 1946 under Mr. Pedro Lopes Moreira and from 1947 under Mr. Pasquale Gambardella.

 PREMIERE AS OPERA SINGER  - Experimental Opera Theater (at the Teatro República), Rio de Janeiro, (5-5-1949), as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Premiered at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950 season (4-19) playing Manrico in Verdi's Il Trovatore, followed by Carlos Gomes' Paolo da Fosca. From that season became first tenor at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro.


Listen from Lo Schiavo (2nd. Act) of Carlos Gomes Quando Nascesti Tu  Listen to   QUANDO NASCESTI TU   from "Lo Schiavo" (2nd. Act) of Carlos Gomes.

 SANG   almost right across Brazil in concerts and operas...
In ARGENTINA, (Buenos Aires), Il Trovatore and Pagliacci.
In COLOMBIA, (Bogotá, Cali, Medelin), Butterfly, Bohème, Rigoletto, La Traviata.
In ITALY, Il Trovatore, Pagliacci, Andrea Chenier and Aida in concert.
In GERMANY (Munich), Il Trovatore

 REPERTOIRE  -  45 operas sung,
amongst which Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton – PHOTO ON LEFT), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu), Il trovatore (Manrico), Aida (Radamés), La forza del destino (Alvaro), La Traviata (Alfredo), La Bohème (Rodolfo), Pagliacci (Canio), Tosca (Cavaradossi), Zazá (Milio), Rigoletto (Duke- PHOTO BELOW), Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo),Andrea Chenier (Chenier), Faust (Faust), Don Pasquale (Ernesto), Adriana  Lecouvreur (Maurizio), Carmen (Don José), Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio), Martha (Lionel) Khovantchina (Prince Andrey Khovansky), L’assassinio nella cattedrale and others.

BRAZILIAN OPERAS - Carlos Gomes’s Guarany (Peri), Fosca (Paolo) and Lo Schiavo (Americo), Villa Lobos's Izhat (first premiere stage performance – 12.13.1958), Francisco Mignone's O Contratador de Diamantes and O Inocente, Lorenzo Fernandez's Malazarte, Delgado de Carvalho's Moema, José Siqueira’s A compadecida (world premiere -5.11.1961 – created the role of  Padre João), Henrique Oswald's Il neo, Padre Antonio Massana's Juca Pirama, Verdi's Requiem, Carlos Gomes' Oratório Colombo, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In 1993, at the age of 70,  he sang the role of Emperor Altoum in Puccini's Turandot, staged open air at Rio de  Janeiro's (Apotheosis Place) and in april 2002, at the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, he sang the same role at the age of 78.

 TEACHING EXPERIENCE  - As of 1968, began to devote his time and energy to teaching singing at the Lorenzo Fernández Academy of Music, Rio de Janeiro, where he lectures to this day.
Since 1985 until the music course was stopped, in December 1998, he lectured at the Universidade Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro.

 MASTER CLASS  - Delivered on June 8th 1997 for students of song at the Lorenzo Fernández Academy of Music.

 DISCOGRAPHY  – LP: "Documents on Brazilian Music" - selections of operas Lo Schiavo and Fosca. Funarte (1962) –CD: Selection of Carlos Gomes' Operas Fosca and  O Escravo - National Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Nino Stinco, Rádio MEC (1996). CD: Carlos Gomes' Lo Schiavo (complete opera) conducted by Santiago Guerra - publishing house Masterclass, São Paulo (1997). "Tenor Alfredo Colosimo". Live performances from 1950 to 1970. 3 cds (arias, duets and scenes). 2003. Homage to his 80th birthday. (Non commercial issue).

 APPEARS  in Charles Osborne's Dictionary of Opera - Portuguese edition - Editora Guanabara (1987) 


Address for mail: 
Av. Rui Barbosa, 170 / 2402  - Rio de Janeiro - RJ

 22250-020 - Brazil

Teleph: (+ 55 21) 2554 6162 - Fax: (+ 55 21) 2554 5913

Updated on May 2007



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