Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 1, 2012

Jose Maristany (Tenor) (Masnou, Catalonia 1871 – Buenos Aires, Argentina 1932)

He was born in catalonian town Masnou, Spain. It seems to me that he performed only in South American opera theatres from 1895 to 1905. He spent most part of his career appearing on the opera theatres of Montevideo. He survived a shipwreck when he was travelling to Montevideo to marry. After finishing his carrer he settled in Buenos Aires where he opened Academy of Music. Due to the difficult economic situation he lost his fortune. Maristany died in Buenos Aires in 1932.  

His career evolved as follows:

1898 Montevideo  Teatro Stella d'Italia Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1898 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Olimpo Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1898 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Olimpo Carmen (Don Jose)
1898 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Olimpo Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1898 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Olimpo Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1898 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Olimpo Favorita (Fernando)
1898 Montevideo  Teatro Stella d'Italia Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)
1898 Montevideo Teatro Stella d'Italia Carmen (Don Jose)
1898 Montevideo Teatro Stella d'Italia Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1898 Montevideo Teatro Stella d'Italia Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1898 Montevideo Teatro Stella d'Italia Favorita (Fernando)
1898 Montevideo Teatro Stella d'Italia Gioconda (Enzo)
1898 Montevideo  Teatro Ciblis Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1898 Montevideo  Teatro Ciblis Favorita  (Fernando)
1899 Montevideo  Teatro Ciblis Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 Valencia  Teatro Principal Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1904 Barcellona  Teatro Novedades Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Barcellona  Teatro Tivoli Boheme (Rodolfo)



G&T, Barcelona 1902
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer):  Ah! Si j'etais coquette with Giuseppina Huguet  54029 7154F
Faust (Gounod): Terceto final with Giuseppina Huguet and Andres Perello de Segurola  54019 7256F
Marina (Arrieta): A quien entonces dijiste amar? with Giuseppina Huguet 64050 7312F

Maristany Jose by Stampanoni


  1. It is kind of a sad story. I don´t kike the fact that somebody so talented and with a nice personality had to go through that. I think that when I was in the furnished apartments in buenos aires I rented during my stay in Argentina, I was told about him and his academy. I think I even saw the place where it was located!

  2. Soy nieta del tenor Maristany - tengo mucha info gráfica sobre el,no lo conocí pues murió mucho antes de que yo naciera,puedo enviarles una imagen del si les parece, gracias por recordarlo, conocí su voz hace 2 años por internet. Saludos Cecilia Maristany

    1. Hola Cecilia,
      sabes cual era el segundo apellido del tenor Maristany? creo que podemos tener antepasados comunes. ¿Cómo se llamaba tu abuela?

    2. Hola! recien lo leo! mi abuela era uruguaya hija de españoles, se llamaba Amalia Iglesias y era soprano también, seremos familia?

  3. Dear Cecilia thank you for your comment, if you send additional info and photo, I can add in my blog.
    All the best

  4. I just saw a documentary on the shipwreck of the Sirio. It drew my attention the name of José Maristany, as my ancestors come from El Masnou and my grandfather's name was Jaume Gibernau Maristany. I was also shocked by the fact that the documentary said he lost his voice due to trauma of the shipwreck. I was moved as, being a singer myself, I also went through the terrible experience of losing my voice due to a traumatic situation. But now I see here that he, fortunately, kept on singing.
    Searching in the Internet, I saw that all the info about the shipwreck says that José (Josep should be the name) Maristany was Italian!! Do you know why he appears as Italian in the historical records?
    Thank you very much.
    Odile Arqué Gibernau

    1. I just not well understand now the tenor Jose Maristany was your grandfather or no? and what concern to his recordings, he sang all life italian repertoire (although he never sang in italian opera houses) and consequently he sang italian repertoire on gramophone.

  5. Apreciados amigos, o familiares del tenor José Maristany. Observo en la biografías, poco contrastadas que aparecen en internet, que se le atribuye al tenor la nacionalidad italiana, en otras, en cambio, catalana. El apellido indudablemente es catalán, no italiano. Y si verdaderamente nació en Masnou, su lugar de procedencia admite pocas dudas. Necesitaría conocer algunos datos del artista para proceder a elaborar un trabajo. Facilito mi correo electrónico a sus descendientes: Agradeceré que se pongan en contacto. Una vecina de Masnou.