V1781. ANTONIO CORTIS: Arias from L’Africaine, Faust, Carmen, Manon, Werther, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria, Iris, La Boheme, Tosca & Andrea Chénier. (Austria) Preiser 89043, recorded 1929-30. Final copy! - 717281890434
“In 1917, Cortis sang in South America as Arlecchino in PAGLIACCI; Enrico Caruso was Canio. The famous tenor tried to persuade the young singer to accompany him to the United States, but Cortis declined the offer. In 1919 Cortis departed with his family to Italy where he was soon contracted by the Teatro Costanzi of Rome, Napoli and Bari. He also appeared at La Scala and was re-invited to sing in South America. His career became essential when he he was engaged as a member of the Chicago Opera which Cortis considered the peak of his career. He continued to sing performances in London, at La Scala, in Verona, Torino, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Washington, Pittsburgh and Santiago de Chile. During this successful epoch he made some of his finest recordings for Victor and Voce del Padrone. His last performance was in Zaragoza in 1950, as Cavaradossi.
Antonio Cortis is certainly the most beautiful and thrilling of all Spanish tenors. It was essentially a lyric, yet a ‘romantic’ voice. He was superior to Miguel Fleta, Hipolíto Lazáro and even to Francesco Vignas. It is the richness of his tone, which is ideally combined with a lively and spontaneous responsiveness of style that makes him one of the greatest tenors. There was undoubtedly a certain similarity in emission and style between Cortis and Caruso. Cortis’ recordings are a ‘must’!”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile