Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 13, 2012

Tino Folgar (Tenor) (Barcelona 1892 - Buenos Aires 1983)

Born Juventino Folgar Ascaso in Barcelona, on January 25, 1892, he studied in his native city with Esteban Pasqual and made his stage debut at the Liceu as Rodolfo in La bohème, in 1922. He made his debut in Italy in Acqui Terme, as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, in 1925. He went on appearing in Genoa, Turin, Cremona, and scored a triumph at the Teatro Adriano in Rome, as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri, opposite Conchita Supervia, in 1926. He is partly responsible for the Rossini renaissance, alongside Supervia. From 1929, he appeared mainly in Spain, singing in zarzuela and operetta. In 1932, he went to London, on tour with a zarzuela-ensemble. He then sang mostly in concert and on radio, he also appeared in a feature film La Canción del Dia. In 1945, he went to Mexico City where he worked as a teacher, later moving to Buenos Aires, where he remained until his death in January 1983. A stylish and refined artist, Folgar possessed a rather small but attractive voice, which he passed to posterity through his 1927 recording of the Duke of Mantua in a complete Rigoletto, opposite Luigi Piazza, Lina Pagliughi, and Salvatore Baccaloni.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Barcellona  Teatro Tivoli Boheme (Rodolfo)
1922 Barcellona  Teatro Tivoli Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Voghera  Teatro Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Voghera  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Roma Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 'S-Gravenhage  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 'S-Gravenaghe  Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Rigoletto (Duca)
1925 Aragon  Teatro Garcia Barbon Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Guipuzcoa Teatro Victoria Eugenia Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Napoli  Politeama Giacosa Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 Amsterdam Paleis Voor Volksvlijt Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 'S-Gravenhage Koninklijke Schouwburg Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 Lucca  Teatro del Giglio Rigoletto (Duca)
1926 Lucca Teatro Del Giglio Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1926 Genova  Teatro Paganini Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1928 Nice  Palais Mediterranee Rigoletto (Duca)


HMV, Milano  1927
Complete Rigoletto (Verdi) with Luigi Piazza, Lina Pagliughi, Salvatore Baccaloni and Linda Brambilla

HMV, Spain  16-10-28
La picara molinera (Luna): Romanza  (Juan de Colas)  2-62398  AC137

HMV, Spain  23-10-28
Martierra (Guerrero): Tomillo hierba buena 262791 AE2364
Martierra (Guerrero): Vino, seras generoso 262789 AE2366
Martierra (Guerrero): Ancha vela marina 262788 AE2366

HMV, Spain  24-11-28
Los Flamencos (Vives): Duo II, acto 2, 1 parte with Selica Pérez Carpio AE2404 BJ 1628-2

Los Flamencos (Vives): Duo II, acto 2, 2 parte Selica Pérez Carpio AE2404 BJ 1625-2

HMV, Spain  6-9-29
Rose Marie (Friml): Canciуn india  AA17 1 110-878
Rose Marie (Friml): Fox AA171 110-879

HMV, Spain 15-10-29
Los Gavilanes (Guerrero): Flor roja   AF288 112-605

HMV, Spain 21-10-29
Los de Aragon (Serrano): Los de Aragon AF 282  CJ 2628
Los de Aragon (Serrano): Aguita que corre al mar  AF 282  CJ 2624

HMV, Spain  14-1-31
El carrero, Aire criollo (Arturo de Nava) AA197 110-1719

HMV, Spain 1932
Luisa Fernanda (Torroba): Habanera del Saboyano  DA4207 110-2410
Luisa Fernanda (Torroba): Cuanto tiempo sin verte with Laura Nieto and Emilio Sagi-Barba  DA4206 110-2409
Luisa Fernanda (Torroba): Terceto with Laura Nieto and Emilio Sagi-Barba  DA4217 11-2409
Luisa Fernanda (Torroba): Mazurca de las sombrillas with Laura Nieto DA4216

Folgar Tino by Stampanoni

1 comment:

  1. He was an amazing singer. There is a place in the city of BA where you can go to learn more about the great singers of an era and it is called "La casona del poeta". When I travelled to Argentina, I got several buenos aires apartments and once walking the neighbourhood of Palermo I saw this place and enterred. It is super nice and very interesting!