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Open Features: Ramon Vinay

Peter Wintersgill brings a brief biography of Ramon Vinay who made his operatic debut in Mexico in 1938.

31st. August 1912 in Chilian, Chile.


Studied in Mexico.

Adult life
Debut as Alphonse in La Favorite 1931. Opera debut as baritone in Mexico, 1938, as Di Luna in Trovatore. tenor debut 1943 in Mexico City as Don Jose in Carmen. New York Met debut 1946 as Tristan (also at Bayreuth), later sang Samson and Otello. Sang latter under Toscanini, with whom he made a famous recording. Covent Garden debut 1955, Paris 1958. Resumed baritone roles 1962, with lago, Falstaff and Scarpia. He was noted for his full tone, fine musicianship and acting. He sang the last act of Otello in 1969.

He died in 1996 aged 84.


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