Mauricio, Jose, Italian-born Canadian tenor; b. Trieste, Jan. 20, 1939. He emigrated to Canada in 1958 and became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1963; after vocal training with Jean Létourneau in Edmonton, he entered the Royal Cons. Opera School in Toronto in 1964 and studied with George Lambert, Herman Geiger-Torel, and Ernesto Barbini. In 1962 he made his operatic debut as Manrico in Edmonton; after appearances in opera productions at the Royal Cons, in Toronto and with the Canadian Opera Co., he sang at London’s Covent Garden (1967–72). On Feb. 3, 1975, Mauro made his debut at the N.Y.C. Opera, remaining with the company until 1979; on Jan. 6, 1978, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Canio, and returned there as Cavaradossi in 1986 and as Turiddu in 1989. After singing Manrico in Brussels in 1984, he appeared as Otello in Dallas in 1985 and as Calaf at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in 1987. In 1990 he portrayed Manrico in Zürich, and in 1992 Turiddu at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He sang Loris in Fedora in Montreal in 1995. Among his other roles are Ernani, Des Grieux, Alfredo, Faust, Pinkerton, and Rodolfo.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire