Tenor Fernando Valero was born in Écija, Sevilla 1854 and died in St. Petersburg in 1914.
Valero first studied law, but then took to singing
under Martin Salazar and the legendary tenor Enrico Tamberlick.
Valero made his
debut as Lorenzo at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 1878, in Auber's opera "Fra
From 1880 he sang in Italia, making his first appearance at the Teatro
Brunetti in Bolgona in Ponchielli's opera "I Promessi Sposi," followed by
performances in several provincial theatres throughout Italy, in operas such as
"La Favorita," "Faust," "Puritani" and "La Sonnambula."
In 1882 he sang in
In 1884, Valero sang in Vienna and in 1885 in St. Petersburg.
To Milan's La Scala Valero arrived in 1883, making his debut as Gounod's "Faust," which led to a
successful collaboration for nearly a decade, the Milanese audiences eventually
dubbing him "Il Piccolo Gayarre" after the great Spanish tenor.
At La Scala Valero sang in the first Italian version of Giorgio Bizet's "Leila; ossia i pescatori di perle" (1886, which had been presented in Italian at Parigi for the Int. Exp.),
and in 1891 as Turiddu in the first performance of Mascagni's "Cavalleria
Rusticana," a role he also created for Firenze.
Valero made a further name for
himself in 1895, when he sang the role of "Werther" at La Scala.
In 1897, and at
the end of his career, he suffered a pulmonary desease and had to interrupt his
singing for a longer period.
He eventually retired in 1902 and settled in St.
Petersburg, where he opened a vocal academy.
Chronology of some
1881 Milano Manzoni Rigoletto (Duca)
1881 Milano Dal
Verme Rigoletto (Duca)
1881 Berlino Westend Rigoletto (Duca)
La Scala I Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1886 Lisbona San Carlos I Pescatori di
1888 Havana Tacon I Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
Apollo I Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1888 Roma Argentina I Pescatori di Perle
1888 Buenos Ayres Colon I Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
San Carlos I Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1890 Londra Covent Garden I Pescatori
di Perle (Nadir)