- J.B. Steane
(b Mexico City, Sept 14, 1896; d Lima, Sept 21, 1974). Mexican tenor . Born in poverty and out of wedlock, but gifted with a fine voice and good looks, he joined the Chicago Opera Company in 1919 and remained until 1930, when he went into films, returning once more to sing Fenton in Falstaff in 1940. His parts ranged from Pelléas, which he sang opposite Mary Garden, to Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. In 1921 he sang the Prince in the première of The Love for Three Oranges, in which he scored a further success the following year in New York. On his mother’s death in 1943 he gave up his career and became Father José Francisco de Guadaloupe, a Franciscan priest, working as a missionary in Peru. He undertook a concert tour of Central America to raise funds in 1954, and later wrote his autobiography, ...