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Francisco Araiza

Francisco Araiza

Tenor

Francisco Araiza was born in Mexico City in 1950 and learned to read music at an early age – his father was chorus-master of the Compania Nacional de Opera de Bellas Artes. He initially studied business, but enrolled at the National Conservatory of Music on the encouragement of soprano Irma Gonzalez and made his debut as First Prisoner in Fedelio aged 20 with the Compania Nacional de Opera; other early-career roles with the company included Rodolfo and Massenet’s Des Grieux. He began a life-long association with Zurich Opera in 1977, and made debuts at Bayreuth (as the Steuermann in Der fliegende Höllander), the Wiener Staatsoper, and Covent Garden the following year.

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