Hugo Avendaño

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Hugo Avendaño
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Born Hugo Avendaño Espinoza
(1927-03-08)March 8, 1927
Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico
Died January 5, 1998(1998-01-05) (aged 70)
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Occupation Singer, actor
Years active 1950-1998
Spouse(s) Graziella Garza
Children Hugo Ricardo
Rodrigo
Laura Graziella
Musical career
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Hugo Avendaño (March 8, 1927 – January 5, 1998) born Hugo Avendaño Espinoza was a Mexican singer and actor.[1]

Career[edit]

He was a student of the Faculty of Medicine, UNAM, but abandoned his career of Medicine to studying singing in the position of baritone. He began his studies with lessons in vocal technique at the prestigious Academy of Singing. His teacher was Jose Pierson, who was also singing teacher to figures such as José Mojica, Alfonso Ortiz Tirado, Fanny Anitúa, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Vargas, Ramon Vinay, Francisco Avitia and José Sosa Esquivel. Later, he studied with private teachers like Rodriguez, Morelli, Rosette, then in New York at the Metropolitan Opera House with Dietch and Kimball and also with great baritone Leonard Warren.

In 1950 he debuted at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, playing the role of Amonasro in the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, "Aida". He participated in several opera seasons in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Veracruz. His repertoire included operas such as Rigoletto, "Il trovatore" and "La traviata" by Verdi, Pagliacci "Faust", "Un Ballo In Maschera", "Tosca", Bizet's "Carmen" and Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", sharing the stage with eminent soprano Betty Fabila and presentations in concert with symphonic works by Darius Milhaud, "Carmina Burana", among others. He won the contest of the Gran Caruso and traveled to Brazil. He won the award for singing on the air at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in recognition of the great baritone Leonard Warren.

His romantic folk style and mastery of various musical genres led him to perform with great success in several countries in Latin America, Central America and United States in turn receiving several awards. He won several prizes and awards in Europe, Central and South America and the United States.

From 1955 he began to lean his professional singing in the genre of romantic popular Mexican music, performing and acting on radio in XEW and television with television Telesistema Mexicano programs "De visita a las 7" (1959) and "El Estudio de Pedro Vargas" (1959) and later in Televisa's on "Variedades de medianoche" in four episodes: "Vedettes y bohemia", "Presentando a los Randall", "Bohemia y una bella vedette" and "6 Invitados" (1977). He was one of the great stars of "La hora azul" by XEW radio station, and was also one of the best performers of the musician-poet and composer Agustín Lara, recording the album "Mis favoritas de Lara" under the record label RCA Records. As an example of Mexican folk music, he also played and recorded with the same label, songs from artists such as Manuel Ponce, Lorenzo Barcelata, Ignacio Fernandez Esperon "Tata Nacho" Alfonso Esparza Oteo, María Grever, Arturo Tolentino, Miguel Lerdo de Tejada and Francisco Gabilondo Soler "Cri-Cri".

Avendaño in his Mercedes 190 SL in Mexico D.F.

Personal life[edit]

He was married many years with soprano Graziella Garza. Together they had 3 children: Hugo Avendaño, Rodrigo and Laura Graziella. It afflicted some years from pancreatic cancer, died on January 5, 1998.

Radio and television[edit]

  • The Blue Hour
  • De visita a las 7
  • El estudio de Pedro Vargas
  • Variedades de Medianoche
  • Noches Tapatías

Filmography[edit]

  • El Gallo Colorado (1957)
  • Melodías inolvidables (1959)
  • La Valentina (1966)

His romantic songs and popular hits[edit]

  • Júrame
  • Rayando el sol
  • A la orilla de un palmar
  • Ojos de juventud
  • Perjura
  • Errante
  • Altiva
  • Morenita mía
  • Maria Elena
  • La borrachita
  • Granada
  • Ojos españoles
  • La casita
  • Nunca digas
  • Un viejo amor
  • Amapola
  • El organillero
  • Dime que sí
  • Tipitipitín
  • Negra consentida
  • Divina mujer
  • Janitzio
  • Noche azul
  • Collar de perlas
  • Morir soñando
  • Donde estás corazón
  • Secreto eterno
  • Cuando escuches este vals
  • Por tí aprendí a querer
  • Mientes
  • Hay unos ojos
  • No vuelvo a amar
  • La norteña
  • Marchita el alma
  • Martha
  • Alejandra (vals)
  • Tú, tu y tú
  • El faisán (vals)
  • Oración Caribe
  • Amor, amor
  • Adiós Mariquita linda
  • Adiós mi chaparrita
  • Intimo secreto
  • Madrigal Mexicano

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