Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 24, 2014

Emilio Sagi-Barba (Baritone) (Mataro, Barcelona 1876 - Polop de la Marina, Alicante 1949)

He was one of  the most important spanish baritones of the first third of XXth century. Early in his career he was active in South America and from the start specialized in zarzuelas and operettas. He returned in Spain and became one of the most famous singers of zarzuela. He appeared at least in 100 zarzuelas creating many new roles in ‘’Don Juan de Serrallonga’’, ‘’Las Golondrinas’’, ‘’La del Soto del Parral’’, ‘’Luisa Fernanda’’ and many others. In 1914 he wed soprano Luisa Vela with whom he had sung frequently and would continue to appear on stage until his retirement in 1932. He also appeared in operas, singing a variety of Italian roles, usually in Spanish.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Montevideo  Teatro Urquiza Tosca (Scarpia)
1905 Montevideo  Teatro Urquiza Boheme (Marcello)


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