Luis Mariano

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Luis Mariano
Luis Mariano Eusebio González García

(1914-08-13)13 August 1914
Died14 July 1970(1970-07-14) (aged 55)

Luis Mariano Eusebio González García (13 August 1914 – 14 July 1970), also known as Luis Mariano, was a popular tenor of Spanish origin who achieved celebrity in 1946 with "La belle de Cadix" ("The Beautiful Lady of Cadix") an operetta by Francis Lopez. He appeared in the 1954 film Adventures of the Barber of Seville and Le Chanteur de Mexico (1957) and became popular in France as well as his native Spain.



Luis Mariano was born in Irun, Spain on 13 August 1914, the son of a garagiste and taxi-driver and showed interest in singing as a child. His family moved to France at the start of the Spanish Civil War and settled in Bordeaux where he studied at the Conservatoire, and also sang in cabarets. [1]

Jeanne Lagiscarde, who was in charge of the classical department of a record store in Bordeaux, took Mariano under her wing, and gave up her job to nurture his talent in Paris. [1] To earn a living, he sang in stage shows and appeared in films, starting with 'L'escalier sans fin' in 1943. That year he auditioned for the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale , and sang in the opera at the Palais de Chaillot and later at the Théâtre des Variétés, with Vina Bovy, recording excerpts from the opera. He also left many recordings of popular song and operetta.

He continued to appear in other films from 1946, including a singing role in Napoléon and a film adaptation of Lehar's Der Zarewitsch .

In his encyclopedia Gänzl describes Mariano as a "svelte singing idol of French operetta of the post-war stage and screen". [1] Mariano died in Paris in 1970.

His music is featured prominently in the 1996 Belgian film Le huitième jour in which he is played by Laszlo Harmati during scenes employing magical realism.

In 2014, French baritone David Serero recorded an album with Mariano classics performed in a Jazz version for the 100th anniversary of his birth: David Serero chante Luis Mariano – jazz version.


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Grave in Arcangues
1938 Ramuntcho
1943Le Chant de l'exiléUn jeune basque
1943 The Stairs Without End Le chanteur
1947Histoire de chanterGino Fabretti
1947 Secret Cargo José
1948 Fandango José
1949 I Like Only You Don Renaldo
1950 Not Any Weekend for Our Love Franck Reno
1951 The Dream of Andalusia Juanito Var
1951 Rendezvous in Grenada Marco Da Costa
1951 Paris Still Sings Luis Mariano
1952 Imperial Violets Juan de Ayala
1953 Saluti e baci Luis Mariano
1953 The Beauty of Cadiz Carlos
1954 Adventures of the Barber of Seville Fígaro
1954 The Little Czar Luis Mariano / Aljoscha
1955 Napoléon Le chanteur Garat
1955 Four Days in Paris Mario
1956 The Singer from Mexico Miguel Morano / Vincent Etchebar
1957Printemps à ParisUncredited
1957 Love in Jamaica Manoël Martinez
1958 Serenade of Texas Jacques Gardel
1960 Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle Un dictateur sud américain / South American Dictator
1965Les pieds dans le plâtreL'agriculteur
1967Le Prince de MadridFrancisco Goya(final film role)

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