The Dominican tenor Henry Ely died this Sunday after spending more than a week in the hospital for covid-19 at the Doctor Marcelino Vélez Santana Regional Hospital. He was 82 years old.
Ely, who was born in Santiago on January 19, 1939, was one of the highest exponents of Dominican lyrical singing and a promoter of operatic singing.
With his departure, the generation of the great Dominican lyrical voices practically ended, to which Rafael Sánchez Cestero, Violeta Stephen, Napoleón Dhimes, and more recently Arístides Inchaustegui, among others, belonged.
The relatives of Henry Ely announced that his funeral will be held on Tuesday, in the privacy of his closest parental circle, in view of the conditions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has not been defined whether it will be physical exhumation or cremation.
Ely made her debut at the age of 9 and did her first vocal studies with the José Ovidio García choir, in Ciudad Corazón, directed by Professor Apolinar Bueno.
In 1961 he traveled to New York and sings on the NBC TV Station, causing an impact both for the quality of its bass and treble tones, as well as for its origin. One criticizes in which it was highlighted that, since Eduardo Brito, there was not a figure of that quality.
In 1964 he traveled to Italy appointed in the Foreign Service, performing the position of auxiliary at the RD Embassy in Rome, where he entered the school of the tenor master IngemanCaggiano and then attended the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome where he obtained first place in merits. in the entrance exam, an award that for the first time was achieved by a lyrical singer from all over America.
He continued his preparation at the Centro del Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where he was selected from 150 young singers from around the world, submitted to three qualifying rounds, to select 15, among whom he was one. He received classes from the Italian soprano Elena MautiNunziata, the teacher Inés AlfaniTellini and the famous Baritone Gino Becchi, in addition to graduating in advanced singing at the famous Academy (Chigiana of the City of Siena).
In 1977 he sings at the Operas Carmen y la Traviata, of the latter he has the recording of the first night on CD.
In 1978 he sings at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In 1979 he was appointed Lyrical tenor of the National Theater. In 1980 he sings at the Opera Don Pascuale, a triumph that led him to conquer the first Talía de Plata as the most outstanding Lyrical singer, this being the first Opera to be recorded on video.
In 1982 he sings at the Opera IlTrovatore National Theater. In 1983 he performed concerts in the border region with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 1999, President Leonel Fernández decorated him with the Order of DUARTE, SÁNCHEZ Y MELLA for his artistic merits.