Obituary: Baritone Enric Serra Dies at 83

By Francisco Salazar

On Jan. 22, 2023, baritone Enric Serra died at the age of 83.

The Gran Teatre de Liceu announced the news writing, “it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to baritone Enric Serra (83). He made his debut in the 1966/67 season with ‘Carmen’ and was followed by dozens of operas, zarzuelas, concerts… in an almost uninterrupted way exceeding more than 300 performances.”

Born in 1940, Serra studied in Barcelona under Elsa Scampini, Maria Valls, and Carmen Bracons de Colomer. He also worked with Italian baritone Gino Bechi. In 1966 he debuted at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Morales in “Carmen,” a role he would take in many theaters. He would sing with the theater in every season from 1966 to 2007.

Serra would perform at many of the great theaters in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, where he gave two performances as Bartolo in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in 1998. Among his signature roles were Bartolo in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Dulcamara and Belcore in “L’Elisir d’amore,” Malatesta and Don Pasquale in the Donizetti opera, and many others.

He retired in 2007 in a production of “Andrea Chénier” at the Liceu and returned din 2014 to celebrate Josep Pons at the Liceu.

After his singing career, he became a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu.