Personalities | Enrico Tamberlik | High Romantic | Opera

1820–89, Italian

Enrico Tamberlik, the Italian tenor, made his debut in Naples in 1841, as Enrico Danieli, singing Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera. Afterwards, while at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, he took the surname Tamberlik and retained it for engagements in London, St Petersburg, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires and elsewhere. Tamberlik impressed with his strong, ringing tone and dramatic, virile stage presence. Nevertheless, a more lyrical delivery was well within his scope. Tamberlik was a fearless exponent of the high C and the high C-sharp, half a tone higher. Among varied roles, Tamberlik sang Rossini’s Otello, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Florestan, Leonore’s imprisoned husband, in Beethoven’s Fidelio (1814) and the title roles in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and Gounod’s Faust. Tamberlik retired around 1882. Settled in Madrid, he became an arms manufacturer.

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