- J.B. Steaner
(b Barcelona, Dec 13, 1887; d Barcelona, May 14, 1974). Spanish tenor. Success in amateur zarzuela performances and a period with Adolfo Bracale’s opera company in Eygpt led to his operatic début at Barcelona in La favorita. He then studied with Enrico Colli in Milan. In 1913 he sang in Mascagni’s Isabeau at Genoa under the composer, who subsequently engaged him as Ugo for the première of his Parisina at La Scala. In 1914 he made his first tour of South America where he enjoyed some of his greatest successes. He appeared at the Metropolitan in 1918, making a strong impression there with the high tessitura of I puritani. Back in Italy he received acclaim for his part (the Prince of Fleury) in the première of Mascagni’s Il piccolo Marat at the Costanzi, Rome, in 1921, and he repeated his success, also under Mascagni, in Paris in ...