Manuel Ausensi

Soloist, Baritone
He was born in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), on 8/10/1919. He started to study vocals in Valencia with the soprano Maria Llàcer (1941). He continued his studies with Concepción Callao and Russian Anna Miliesh. In 1942, he won a prize in a radio song contest. In 1946, he made his first appearence at the Tivoli Theater in Barcelona. In 1947, he sang at the Grand Theater of Liceu [Grand Teatre del Liceu], in the opera Anna Bolena. He performed at the same theater for thirteen seasons, interpeting roles in operas by Verdi, Mozart, Cimarosa, as well as by French Romantic composers. He excelled as an interpeter in roles of the basic repertoire: La traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Il trovatore, Il barbiere di Siviglia. He worked with famous singers of his time. He sang in Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Israel and Greece. He was glorified especially at the large opera houses of Latin American capitals: Buenos Aires (1954), Montevideo, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City (1961). He also performed in the USA: Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami. In 1955, a song contest bearing his name was founded in Barcelona. For his contribution in opera, he was honoured with numerous distinctions in Spain (1951-2002). He was a topmost interpreter of the main role in the Barber of Seville, and in 1964 he participated in the first ever complete recording of this work. He also recorded popular spanish zarzuelas. He retired in 1973. He died in Taragona, Spain, on 1/9/2005. He collaborated many times with the GNO from 1958 to 1960, singing leading roles in six operas and ten productions and reconstructions: Nabucco, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Rigoletto, Samson et Dalila (at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus), La traviata, La favorita. He sang in the first ever staging of Nabucco by the GNO (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1959). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.