José Mojica

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José Francisco de Guadalupe Mojica Mojica (born September 14, 1896 in San Gabriel / Jalisco , † September 20, 1970 in Lima ) was a Mexican singer ( tenor ) and actor.

Mojica had first musical experiences as a singer in children's choirs in Guadalajara and later in Mexico City. Plans to study at the Escuela Nacional de Agricultura were thwarted by the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution , and in 1914 he began vocal training at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música with José Pierson and Alejandro Cuevas . He joined Pierson's Compañía Impulsora de Ópera in 1915 and made his debut the following year as first tenor in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Arbeu .

In the same year he went to New York, where he first worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant. On occasion he took on supporting roles in a theater group. He met Enrico Caruso , who recommended him to the Chicago Opera Company , where he appeared alongside singers such as Mary Garden and Amelita Galli-Curci . The composer María Grever produced a recording of her song Júrame with him , and Agustin Lara dedicated the Bolero Solamente una vez to him . In Edison Records , a recording was Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with Mary Garden.

In 1930 he got a contract with Fox Film Corporation in California and appeared there in a number of films with Mona Maris and Rosita Moreno, among others . In 1938 he returned to Mexico, where several more films were made. After his mother's death in 1940, Mojica fell into depression and had religious visions. After a tour of South America, he gave his property to the Church and entered the Franciscan Seminary in Cuzco in Peru in 1942 as Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica . In 1947 he was ordained a priest in the Templo Máximo de San Francisco de Jesús .

To raise money for a seminar in Arequipa, he went on a fourteen-month tour of Argentina and other countries, during which 800,000 people heard him. At the request of Pope Pius XII. he also returned to the cinema and made several films in Spain from 1953. In 1958 he wrote his autobiography Yo pecador . In 1969 the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City honored him with a tribute. He then returned to Peru, where he died of heart disease in 1970.