Florencio Constantino

Florencio Constantino (April 9, 1869 – November 19, 1919) was a Spanish operatic tenor.

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Portrait of Florencio Constantino. Photo by M. Marcoartu, Bilbao.

He was born as Florencio Constantineau on April 9, 1869 in Ortuella. He moved to Argentina in 1889.[1] He taught vocal lessons and served as the director at the California Temple of Arts in Los Angeles, one of his students was Ella J. Bradley-Hughley.[2]

In 1917, he was fired by the St. Louis Opera after he sang the premiere performance of Homer Moore's opera Louis XIV and clearly "did not know either the words or music." He was subsequently sued by Moore, who sought $1,200 in damages.[3]

He had a nervous breakdown and died on November 19, 1919 in Mexico City.[4]


  1. ^ "Florencio Constantino". Retrieved 2010-08-12. He was born Florencio Constantineau in Ortuella, near Bilbao (Basque part of Spain) on April 9, 1869 and finally immigrated to Argentina in 1889. While working as a ship’s engineer he discovered a voice of natural beauty and after a brief period of training with Leopoldo Stiatesi, a student of Lamperti , Constantino made his debut in Bréton’s La Dolores at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, repeating the role in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Odéon. After spending some year ...
  2. ^ Beasley, Delilah Leontium (1919). The Negro Trail Blazers of California: A Compilation of Records from the California Archives in the Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley and from the Diaries, Old Papers and Conversations of Old Pioneers in the State of California. Times Mirror Print. and Binding House. pp. 216–217.
  3. ^ "Author Seeks $1,200 From Spanish Tenor," New York Herald, Feb. 18, 1917
  4. ^ "Constantino is Dead". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 1919. Retrieved 2010-08-12. Florencio Constantino for many years a great grand opera tenor is dead in Mexico City ... Constantino a son of the singer who is at the Mex ican capital now ...

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