Peruvian tenor; He/She was born in Lima on April 10, 1927. His full name is Luis Ernesto Alva Talledo, which shortened and italianizó after his first steps in the operatic world.
He began his studies in his hometown with Rosa Mercedes and debuted in 1949 in the same city, well that as a concert singer. It was not until some years after that it interpreted its first operatic role, again in Lima, as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata. Subsequently, moved to Italy, where he/she continues studies and debuts, at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan, in 1954. Two years later it will be in la Scala Theatre that will be regular interpreter. His European career is affirmed with successive interventions in the festivals of Salzburg (1957) and Aix-en-Provence (1960) and the opera of Vienna (1961). Since 1963, it is part of the cast of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Aware of their limitations as well as of its virtues, Alva has chosen his repertoire intelligently. Specialized in the Italian and has a light voice and a scenic special grace for roles best suited his voice as well as their physical characteristics, has excelled in roles like Edoardo in the secret marriage of Cimarosa, Lindoro in the Barber of Seville and Edoardo in the marriage Cambiale of Rossini and the Fenton de el Falstaff Verdi. He/She has also made any incursion in the Mozart repertoire such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Ferrando in COSI fan Tutte.