International Opera Arias Festival ”TINO PATTIERA”

29 June - 6 July, 2021

Organizer: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Music Director: Marc Tardue, chief conductor


INTERNATIONAL OPERA ARIAS FESTIVAL - ”TINO PATTIERA” is named after and organized in the memory of the world famous tenor Tino Pattiera, born on 27 June 1890 in Cavtat, a town situated about twenty kilometres away from Dubrovnik, where he died on 24 April 1966.

Tino Pattiera was one of major popular singers at the opera houses both in Europe and worldwide in the first half of the 20th century. He was the leading singer at the Royal Saxon Court Opera in Dresden and member of the Berlin State Opera. A tenor of a specific voice, he masterfully interpreted lyrical and dramatic title roles in operas by Bizet, Gounod, Auber, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Meyerber, Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss… and appeared with: Meta Seinemyer, Elisabetha Rethberg, Irma Tewrvani, Nelena Torti, Helena Jung, Mini Nast, Margareta Siems, Eva von der Osten, Erna Berger, Anka Horvat, Fridrich Plaschke, Robert Burg, Fritz Volgestrom, Richard Tauber, Adolf Lusman, Ivar Andresen, Curt Tauchnner, Max Hirzel, Paul Schoffler, Kurt Bohme, Mathieu A. Mayer and others. He worked with conductors Leo Blech and Fritz Busch.

Having completed the Dubrovnik Grammar School, Tino Pattiera began to study medicine and later law, in order to eventually discover his lifetime profession - singing. He left for Vienna to study with Knight Horboucky-Ranier and Franz Habock, the finest music pedagogues at the time. His first role was that of Marnico in Verdi’s Troubadour in March 1916. Soon followed the roles of Rademes in Aida and Don Jose in Carmen. In 1919 he performed in Vienna and signed a contract for a series of twenty appearances. He also received invitations from the Berlin State Opera. At the same time, from 1924 to 1929, he was engaged both in Berlin and Dresden, so he often had to drive in his car in the night from one town to another. From 1921 to 1923 he was engaged at the Chicago Opera and the newspapers claimed that famous Enrico Caruso got his successor. Pattiera was equally good in lyric and dramatic tenor roles. He remained faithful to the Italian school of singing, but was, at the same time, attracted by some German operas. Thus he masterfully interpreted Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Erik in “Der Fliegende Hollander” both in Dresden and in Vienna, and was brave enough to sing Tannhauser in the season 1930 - 1931.

His successful career continued in the 30es till the beginning of the World War II. He lost all of his property in the disastrous bombardment of Dresden on 13th February 1945. He left for Prague, where he extensively appeared at the National Theatre and gave singing lessons, until an invitation arrived from the Vienna Academy of Music and Theatre Arts. In April 1950 he arrived to Vienna and taught at the Music Academy for two years. Due to his deteriorating health he left teaching and continued to give private instructions. Tino Pattiera had his farewell concert in the Dresden Zum Weissen Hall in 1952.

Aged 70, he received a pension and the Federal Cross from the president of the former German Federal Republic for his merits in promoting German music for 25 years.

Numerous recordings he made for Odeon, Brunswick, HMV, BASF, Parlpophon, Vox, Grammophon, Electrola and Preisler Records represent a lasting value for those who knew him, but also for the young generations who are about to discover him.

Tino Pattiera interpreted major operatic roles on the concert stages all over the world, including his acclaimed: Cavaradossi in “Tosca”, Radames in “Aida”, Rodolfo in “La Boheme”, Manrico in “Il  Trovatore”, Don Jose in “Carmen”, Cani in “Pagliacci”, Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Erik in “Der Fliegende Hollander”, Don Alvaro in “La Forza del Destino”, Riccardo in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, Don
Carlos in opera “Don Carlos”, Otello in opera “Otello”, the Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto”, Alfredo in “Traviata”, Faust in opera “Faust”, Chenier in opera “Andrea Chenier”, Tannhauser in opera “Tannhauser”, Lt. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly”, Turiddo in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Grigory in “Boris Godunov”, Hermann in “The Queen of Spades”, Lensky in “Eugene Onegin”…


 Detailed programme of the Festival will be announced.