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Biography

José Carlos Almenar Otero (Caracas, Venezuela, 21 March 1926 - 7 August 2018) was a Venezuelan singer an songwriter.

Carlos Otero recorded more than 20 albums in four different languages: German, Italian, English, and Spanish. During the 50's and 60's he made concert tours in more than 15 countries including: Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Egypt, England, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, and Denmark.

Carlos José Almenar Otero was born on 21 March 1926 in Caracas, the second of five children. The life of this Venezuelan singer is divided between before and after winning The Great Caruso competition, organized by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer to promote a movie of the same name, starring the legendary Mario Lanza. After this success Almenar Otero went to study singing opera in Italy and Germany, where he lived for 20 years and signed a contract with Polydor record label which allowed him to record more than 56 albums.

The first challenge he faced was learning Italian tenor to practice and get good operatic singing performances in the Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi. He also received lessons by the tenor, Nino Piccaluga. On the recommendation of Mairon Carly, who was director of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer in Venezuela, he studied German to optimize his pronunciation and be accepted to record with the label Polydor.

His short and thin stature, also represented a serious obstacle to interpret opera. On several occasions he had to use platform shoes to share the stage with artists exceeding it in size. "Sometimes the theater was exciting because I thought having a perfect piece to show off and said they had to retire because the female counterpart was a large and rather than look her lover seems his son wife, " recalls the artist.

Impeccable artist 's career allowed him to return to Venezuela as an established star, engage in the production of radial space Bel Canto Ilustrado, establish their own school to educate the voices of young national talents and return to television with the program Cuanto vale el Show where it remained part of the panel for 16 years.

In its constant dedication to achieve optimum vocal performance, the artist researched and expanded the physiological respiratory training method voice of his master Otto Iro, Berlin and Vienna together with Professor Paula Schreck. After decades of practice and study, Almenar Otero perfected his technique of breathing Superdinámica, aimed at improving voice quality, providing maximum oxygenation, pulmonary achieve dynamic and optimize the functioning of the brain-cardiovascular system.

With the support of the Society of Authors and Composers of Venezuela -Sacven- and the Venezuelan Association of Interpreters and Producers -Avinpro- Carlos Almenar transmitted their knowledge in vocal education to a large group of speakers, teachers, actors and singers in our country.
He was the president of the Almenar Otero Foundation which he founded in 1989.

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