Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pedro Lavirgen--First posted October 4, 2008

I bring you Spanish tenor Pedro Lavirgen, in a 1980 performance of Macbeth.

I also highly recommend this recording of "Nessun dorma". Notice how the audience boos when the conductor tries to go on, and he is forced to sing an encore, which sounds even better than the original!

Pedro Lavirgen was born in Bujalance (Cordoba) on July 31, 1930. He made his debut in zarzuela in 1959, and his operatic debut in 1964. He had triumphs in Carmen, Paggliacci, and Turandot, as well as numerous other roles, in theaters such as the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, the Wiener Stadtsoper, La Scala, and the Met. According to, a Spanish-language web portal, Lavirgen has been Chair of the Voice Department at the Royal Academy of Music in Madrid since 1993.

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