Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 9, 2012

Fulgenzio Abela (Tenor) (Barcelona 1880 - Buenos Aires ?)

He studied singing in Buenos Aires under the Spanish conductor Ivan Goula (who also taught, among others, Blanchart, Viñas, and Palet). Abela’s first performances seem to have been in Buenos Aires in ‘’Lucrezia Borgia’’ and ‘’Dolores’’ (Bretón). The same year he appeared at the Liceo, Barcelona, in ‘’La Favorita’’ and ‘’Mefistofele’’. During the following two decades he sang with considerable success in Italy (Torino, Trevisio, the Dal Verme in Milano, Genova, the Costanzi in Roma and so on) as well as at the Colón in Buenos Aires (1910), Chile, Spain, and Greece. Abela’s repertoire included the principal tenor roles in ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Tosca’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Boris Godounov’’, ‘’Amico Fritz’’, and a number of other operas and zarzuelas. His last years were spent in Buenos Aires and died there, in Ramos Mejia Hospital by an gastrointestinal bleeding.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Buenos Aires Politeama Argentino Lucrezia Borgia (Gennaro)
1905  Barcelona Teatro Liceo Favorita (Fernando)
1906 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Dolores di T.Breton (Lazzaro)
1906 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Mignon (Guglielmo)
1907 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Faust (Faust)
1908 Corfu Teatro Nuovo Manon (De Grieux)
1909 Madrid Teatro Reale Margarita la Tornera di R.Chapi
1910 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1911 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Bianca de Beaulieu di C.Siattesi (Marceau)
1912 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Fedora (Loris)
1913  Firenze Politeama Nazionale I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata (Oronte)
1914 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1915 Milano Teatro Carcano Rigoletto (Duca)
1916 Milano Teatro Fossati Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Milano Teatro Carcano Mignon (Guglielmo)
1918 Roma Teatro Costanzi Mefistofele (Faust)
1919 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1920 Desenzano sul Garda Teatro Alberti Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Este Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Dannazione di Faust (Faust)


  1. He died in Buenos Aires, in Ramos Mejia Hospital,by an gastrointestinal bleeding, he was uncle of my mother. She don´t remember the year in this moment.

    1. Thanks a lot for your comment
      All the best

    2. Could it be that this great tenor had ties to Malta? The surname 'Abela' is common in parts of the Maltese island.