(24 November 1927 – 10 September 1999)
Alfredo Kraus was a distinguished Spanish tenor of Austrian descent.
He was particularly well known for the artistry he brought to opera's bel canto roles and he was also considered an outstanding interpreter of the title role in Massenet's opera "Werther".
Its famous aria, "Pourquoi Me Réveiller?" was one of his signature arias.
Alfredo Kraus regularly partnered many famous divas including Maria Callas but it is thought he limited his own career somewhat by demanding such high fees for recorded performances at a time when full performance recorded boxed LP sets were the "grease on the wheels" of many of the larger careers.
He was, therefore, overlooked and others like Bergonzi, di Stefano and the "new boy on the block", Domingo, were engaged instead.
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