Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 12, 2016

José García Romero (Tenor) (Valencia, Spain 14. 8. 1888 - Madrid, Spain 26. 2. 1961)

He studied singing  at the Conservatory of Valencia with the teacher and famous singer Lamberto Alonso and made his debut at the Teatro Apolo in Valencia. Then he appeared in Bilbao in “Bohemios”, travelled around Spain and sang in “Molinos de Viento”, “El Conde de Luxemburgo”. In 1912 at the Teatro Lirico and at the Gran Teatro of Madrid he appeared as Turiddu in P. Mascagni’s ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and sang in E.  Arrieta’s “Marina”. The same year he performed at the Gran Teatro in “La Generala” of A. Vives. The next year he appeared at the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, “Molinos de Viento” and “El Rey que Rabió”. In 1914 he made guest appearances in South America, singing at theaters of Uruguay and Argentina. In 1915 during the Holy Week of Seville, he was chosen to sing the ‘’Miserere’’ of Hilarión Eslava at the Cathedral of Seville. At the Teatro Reale in Madrid he appeared with great success in “Margarita la Tornera” (Chapí), “La Dolores” (Bretón), “Marina” (Arrieta) and “Maruxa” (Vives). The following years he performed a  lot in Madrid, Barcelona and province. His wife was the famous singer and actress Carmen González. In 1922 he sang at the Teatro Principal in Valencia. Probably he retired around 1925.

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Madrid Teatro Lirico Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1913 Madrid Teatro de la Zarzuela Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)


Barcelona, Odeon 1922
Ay, ay, ay!/canción argentina (Osmán Pérez Freire) A 138279
Los millones de Arlequín/Serenata (Drigo) A 138280

Barcelona, Odeon 1927
Marina (Arrieta): Feliz morada XX 77002
Marina (Arrieta): Salida  XX 77007
La Dolores (Bretón): Jota/Aragón la más famosa with Hervás XX 77031
La Dolores (Bretón): Dúo/Di que es verdad with Carmen Domingo XX 77050

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