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Born Barcelona, 15 April 1925.

Died Barcelona, 29 December 2009.

Spanish tenor.

Juan Oncina was one of the best light tenors specialising in the lyric roles of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti, though he also sang some French roles with success. His stage manner was appealing, with handsome appearance and a good sense of comic timing.

He studied in Barcelona with the soprano Mercedes Capsir. and made his debut there in 1946 as Des Grieux in Manon, when she sang the title role. His career developed quickly, with performances in Italy, Egypt and Spain. His Florence Festival debut in 1949 was in L'Hôtellerie portugaise by Cherubini, returning the following season for Gluck's Armide. He soon worked in Naples, Venice, Trieste and Catania. His repertoire included Don Ottavio, Tamino, Paolino, Tonio, Ernesto, Nemorino, Elvino and Lindoro. He also sang Duke of Mantua, Alfredo and the title role in L'amico Fritz. His French repertoire included Wilhelm Meister, Nadir and Werther.

His British debut was in 1952 as Don Ramiro at Glyndebourne. The following season he sang Ferrando in Sussex, before repeating Ramiro in Edinburgh. He quickly appeared in other Rossini roles, Count Ory, Almaviva and Lindoro, as well as Fenton in Falstaff.

Roles in Scotland

Don Ramiro Prince of Salerno
Cenerentola 1953
Count Ory a dissolute young nobleman
Comte Ory 1954
Scaramuccio a comedian
Ariadne on Naxos 1954
Ferrando a young army officer
Così fan tutte 1954
Count Almaviva
Barbiere di Siviglia 1955
Fenton a young gentleman
Falstaff 1955
Falstaff 1960
Maurizio Count of Saxony
Adriana Lecouvreur 1963

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