Rossini : ArmidaFlorencia, 1952 (Audio)
Director: Tullio Serafin
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Francesco Albanese (13 August 1912, Torre del Greco, Naples – 11 June 2005, Rome) was a lyric tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory.
Albanese studied in Rome with Francesco Salfi, and made his stage debut in 1940, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, as Evandre in Gluck's Alceste, where he remained until 1942, also singing Almaviva, Fenton, Rinuccio.
In 1942, he made debut at La Fenice in Venice, as Ramiro, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, as Don Ottavio, and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, as Fenton.
After the war, he began appearing abroad, notably at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Hungarian Opera House in Budapest.
His roles included; Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Jeník in Bedřich Smetana's La sposa venduta, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Ismaele in Nabucco, Faust, Rodolfo in La bohème, Giuliano in Gustave Charpentier's Luisa, Wolfgang Capito in Paul Hindemith's Mathis il pintore, Avito in Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, Giasone in Luigi Cherubini's Medea, Pilade in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Ifigenia in Tauride and Rinaldo in Gioachino Rossini's Armida, etc.
Albanese had a fine, well-schooled voice. He can be heard on record in La traviata and Ifigenia in Tauride, both opposite Maria Callas.