|Born||Castañuelas, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic|
|Genres||Latin pop, bolero|
|Labels||Borinquen, RCA, Alhambra, Sonidiscos, Taurus Sound, Akropolis Records|
Omar Franco, Dominican singer and composer, was born a June 11 in the town of Castañuelas, in the province of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, but spends most of his childhood, reaching adulthood, in the city of La Vega.
Omar Franco began in the song when he won first place in the “Primer Festival de la Voz Vegana” (First Festival of Vegan Voice), in La Vega, in 1971. Then he joined the orchestra of Rafelito Martinez, as a singer of boleros. Then he was studying the first year at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, but little later he stopped the studies in order to engage in artistic career.
Later he participated in the “V Festival de la Canción Dominicana”, celebrated by AMUCABA (Association of musicians, singers, dancers and speakers) at the “Palacio de Bellas Artes” of Santo Domingo, in November 1972, with the song composed by him Por Ti. On that opportunity he won three awards: third place as the composer of the song "Por Ti," third place as the interpreter of it, and “The Revelation” of the Festival. That song was recorded by Omar at LP Festival finalists and later by the Puerto Rican singer Carmita Jiménez. After the Festival, the city of La Vega gave him a recognition that declares “Adopted Son” of the city. Thereafter he began to appearing on various programs of Dominican television.
In 1973 and 1975, he participated in the second and third “Festival International de la Canción y de la Voz” of Puerto Rico, respectively, being among the finalists.
He took singing lessons with the teacher and lyric soprano Olga Azar, at the “Conservatorio Nacional de Música”. This allowed him to play the character of Gastone in the opera "La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, when that work, conducted by Maestro Carlos Piantini, was presented at the Teatro Nacional Dominicano in 1977.
In February 1982, he won the award as “Best Performer”, with the song composed by Leonor Porcella de Brea "Ven y abrázame," which took nine place in the "Octavo Festival de la Canción Dominicana" (Eight Dominican Song Festival) of AMUCABA, held at the “Teatro Nacional” (National Theater).
In May 1982, Omar Franco and Taty Salas, another Dominican singer, participated in the musical show called “El Show de Las Flores”, with the famous Spanish singuers: Lola Flores, Lolita Flores, Carmen Flores and Carmen Sevilla.
In August 1982, he performed with the singer Luchy Vicioso in the show called “Noche Dominicana”, at the amphitheater at “Altos de Chavón”, La Romana, Dominican Republic.
In December 1982, he was one of the lead vocalists in the Spanish version of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Teatro Nacional, playing the rol of Jesus Christ in it. The play was revived in March 1983.
In February 1983, he won the prize “El Dorado”, as male singer, in his country, Dominican Republic, for his merits accumulated in 1982.
In April 1983, he sang in the television show “Siempre en Domingo”, of the famous Mexican producer Raul Velasco, when this program was broadcast from the amphitheater at Altos de Chavón in Dominican Republic.
In May 1983, he appeared, among other artists, in the show in honor to the television program "Santo Domingo Invita," at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden, New York.
In 1986, the “Premios Casandra” (Casandra Awards) rewarded the record production "Dos Estrellas Omar y Taty a Medianoche, which was recorded as a duet with Taty Salas in 1985, with the prize “Carátula del Año” (Cover of the Year).
As an actor, he played two stellar roles in the play-musical "Amor a Primera Vista" (Love at First Sight), work written and produced by Edgar Contreras, directed by Bienvenido Miranda and which was staged at the Teatro Nacional in April 1986, with the participation of some 30 actors and an orchestra of 10 musicians, conducted by Manuel Tejada.
He was also part of the musical show "Imagen y Sonido de Broadway (Image and Sound of Broadway), at the Teatro Nacional , in July 1998, with over 100 performers, including singers, dancers and an orchestra of over than 60 musicians under the production and management Amaury Sánchez, Carlos Veitía’s choreography, the artistic direction of Eduardo Villanueva and Luis José Mella as special guest orchestral director.
Besides their commercial records, he has collaborated in diverse anthological recordings of the Dominican Republic music, such as: "Homenaje a la Canción Romántica Dominicana-40 Aniversario, Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana (1981), which includes the songs: "Tú me haces falta," by Armando Cabrera, and "Amorosa", by Salvador Sturla; "La Música de sus Versos, Joaquín Balaguer " (September 1986), with the song "El pasado," whose lyrics are by Joaquín Balaguer and music by Ricardo Bello; "José Francisco Eterno" (A tribute to José Francisco Peña Gómez, which took place in 1999), with the song "La Gloria no tiene final."
Awards and recognitions
- El Dorado (1982)
- El Gordo del Año (1983)
- Premiación de Santiago - La Cotorra (1985)
- El Disco del Año (1985)
- Premios Casandra -Carátula del Año (1986)
- Premios Casandra -Recognition of his artistic career (22-2-2011)
- "Mis años con ella" (1979) (RCA - Mexico)
- "Ven y abrázame" (1982) (Bartolo I-RD / Alhambra - U.S.)
- "Dos Estrellas Omar y Taty a Medianoche" (1985) (Sonidiscos - RD / Taurus Sound - U.S.)
- "El mejor amor" (1987) (INEN - RD / Taurus Sound - U.S.)
- "Omar Franco Otra Vez" (2009) (Akropolis Records - RD)
- "Por ti" (1972) (AMUCABA)
- "Le di mi amor a cualquiera" (1975) (Borinquen)
- "Perdona la franqueza" (1975) (Borinquen)
- "Imagínate" (1976) (Borinquen)
- "Lléname los días" (1978) (Bartolo I - RD / RCA - Mexico)
- "Mis años con ella" (1979) (Bartolo I - RD / RCA - Mexico)
- "Sed" (1981) (Akropolis Records - RD)
- "Ven y abrázame" (1982) (Bartolo I - RD)
- "Qué más pides de mí" (1983) (Bartolo I - RD)
- "Gloria o infierno" (1983) (Bartolo I - RD / Alhambra - U.S.)
- "Mejor vete con el otro" (1983) (Bartolo I - RD)
- "Omar Franco Exitos vol. 1" (1998) (Akropolis Records - RD)
- "Lo mejor de Omar Franco" (2001) (Akropolis Records - RD)
- "Caretas de la farándula". Revista ¡Ahora!, No. 473. 1972-04-12, Pág. 46. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- Escogen Hoy Finalistas Festival Canción, Listín Diario. Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep., 1972-25-11, Pág. 2-B.
- Líricos Criollos Impactan en Montaje de La Traviata, La Noticia. Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep., 1977-30-11, Pag. 15.
- Estiman Presentación La traviata Espectáculo Gran Relieve en TN, El Nacional De ¡Ahora! Sto. Domingo, Dominican Rep., 1977-27-11, Pag. 23.
- "Farandulerías". Revista ¡Ahora!, No. 777. 1978-02-12, Pág. 76. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "Picaderas de Farándula". Revista !Ahora!, No. 811. 1979-28-05, Pág. 64. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "Picaderas de Farándula". Revista !Ahora!, No. 834. 1979-19-11, Pág. 62. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "El Show de Las Flores y el de Los Criollos. Pista y Escena". Revista ¡Ahora!, No. 963. 1982-06-05, Pág. 68. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "Pista y Escena". Revista ¡Ahora!, No. 996. 1982-23-12, Pág. 69. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "!Ahora! Farándula". Revista !Ahora!, No. 1005. 1983-28-02, Pág. 66. Biblioteca Funglode. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- "Omar Franco Viene en pos de la Gloria". Espectáculos., El Sol De Mexico. Mexico, D. F., 1983-19-11. Seccion D, Pag. 2.
- "Omar Franco busca su consagración en Mexico". Espectáculos., El Universal. Mexico, D. F., 1983-11-18
- "Omar Franco, vale lo que es en Santo Domingo". Espectáculos., Ovaciones. Mexico, D. F., 1983-28-11. Pag. 3
- "Es Importante el Intercambio Artístico Entre el Video Mexicano y el Dominicano"., Excelsior. Mexico, D. F., 1983-19-11. 4-B
- Listín Diario Digital Califican buenos y malos cantantes dominicanos
- YouTube - Omar Franco Otra Vez - CD - promocional video