Biography of Cristobal Altube (1898-1951)

Spanish tenor born in Arechavaleta (Guipúzcoa) on July 10, 1898 and died in Madrid in May 1951. It is considered one of the leading dramatic tenors of his time due to the extraordinary powers he/she possessed for the opera. Famous for his powerful voice, phenomenal volume, which he/she blamed for supernatural reasons.

He began singing child while he/she exercised the office of pastor; the mountains and Basque farmhouses were the first witnesses of his prodigious voice. Later he/she worked as operator in a factory. His first contact with the world of music occurred in Madrid, where he/she had arrived to perform military service. During a concert of the band's headquarters, he/she managed to attract the attention of his superiors and own King Alfonso XII, who attended the concert, and with this help he/she managed to get at the Conservatory in the capital. There he/she perfected his style thanks to the singing classes taught by Grandmaster Ignacio Tabuyo.

For a time he/she moved to Milan, where he/she could have more opportunity to show off their talent. In this city related to teachers - who wanted to ruin her voice, according to it - and colleagues; old tenor Rafaello Grani supported him in difficult times, when it seemed that it would never get a performance. In this city also met tenor Miguel Barrosa, which joined since then, and until his death, a great friendship. But finally it had to make its debut outside of Italy, in the Teatro Reale of Malta, depicting Samson and Dalila, the Valkyries, and Aida, works that would subsequently interpreted on numerous occasions in major theaters in Europe and America. ALTUBE attained recognition public there where acted, but still had a pending challenge: triumph in Milan. And he/she succeeded in the Rossi theater, with a successful interpretation of the Ernani which definitely established him among the greats.

After several tours in France, Germany, United States and South America, arose in the great theatre of the Liceo Barcelona with Otello, a role that was particularly brilliant. On that day accompanied you the young soprano María Espinalt and Paul Vidal. Also at the Liceo, honored the music of her homeland singing in the premieres of Mendi Mendiyan, José María Usandizaga, and Amaya, Jesús of Guridi. In 1945 he/she obtained the Chair of singing of the Conservatory of music, in which years ago had been a student, and he/she combined teaching with the scenarios since then. In 1950 he/she received the national prize for singing, but still at the Summit of his career an angina pectoris ended his life at the age of fifty-two. His last performance was a Tosca at the Teatro Principal in Palma de Mallorca.