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Francisco d'Andrade, opera baritone as Don Giovanni
Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler
© Klaus Niermann - studioniermann.de/html/bieber.html
Francisco D' Andrade (1859-?), Portugese baritone
Francisco d' Andrade was born 11 January 1859 in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied voice in Lisbon and Milan; making his first professional stage appearance, in 1882, singing a role from Aida at San Remo, Italy. D' Andrade continued his career in Italian theatres for the next four years. During 1886-87 he sang frequently in Moscow and at Covent Garden, London. He returned often to perform in these two cities throughout his career. He appeared in operas at Lisbon, San Carlos, and Berlin in 1887. After 1890, he lended his voice almost exclusively to German opera theatres.
His broad vocal repertoire included Italian, French, and German music. He gave solo concerts from 1910 until start of World War I. Toward the end of his singing career he concentrated on a small number of operas; including "Rigoletto" and "Don Giovanni." D' Andrade is reported to have gained special celebrity status in the role as Don Giovanni. German painter, Max Sievogt's painting completed in 1902 depicts Francisco d' Andrade as Don Giovanni. The canvas hangs in the collection at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany.
(Kindly contributed by Max Hochstetler, June 2007)