Héctor Omar

Real name: Civilotti, Héctor Omar
Singer and composer
(6 June 1928 - 15 March 2017)
Place of birth:
La Plata (Buenos Aires) Argentina

e began his career in 1945 in his hometown with the orchestras led by Ricardo Rómulo and Blasi-Orlando. One year later he made his debut with the Pedro Laurenz Orchestra in Buenos Aires at the Tango Bar tearoom under the sobriquet Alberto Ponce. It was a three-year tenure with tours throughout the country.

He appeared on Radio El Mundo and recorded in RCA-Victor for the markets of Central America and the United States. Now they have been re-mastered and released in Japan.

Between 1950 and 1955 he quit show business because of health problems. Later he joined the Carlos Figari's orchestra which regularly appeared on Radio Splendid, along with Enrique Dumas on vocals, and recorded in RCA Victor.

When he split with the orchestra he appeared as soloist and made tours of the Argentine southern provinces, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and at renowned tango venues. He appeared at the Marabú, accompanied by the orchestra headed by Ricardo Pedevilla, sharing the bill with Oscar Serpa.

In 1993 he was awarded the Premio Homero Manzi in La Plata for his career. After that he made several tours of Europe and, in 1998, accompanied by Jorge Dragone he appeared in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zurich, Bern, Oslo, Basel, among other cities. Furthermore, he performed recitals as soloist at the Argentine stand of the International Exhibition of Hannover 2000.

In 1999 he released a record he cut with Dragone and, in 2000 he recorded with the Antonio Blasi’s orchestra. Thereafter he recorded with his son, the guitarist Alejandro Civilotti, in Badalona (Spain) and in 2001, another with different accompaniments. In 2004 he published a double compact disc entitled Tangos íntimos, accompanied by the pianist José Scelzi. His latest recordings were with the Cuarteto de la Rivera and with musicians of the Orquesta del Teatro Argentino de La Plata.

He has appeared at the Teatro Variedades on Corrientes Avenue, heading the cast of the musical Canaro Tango Show in October 2006.

In January 2007 he began a tour of Europe and recorded with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juliá Carbonell de les Terres conducted by Maestro Alfons Reverté Casas. The recording will be released in a CD entitled Quasi Tango and includes concerts at the Auditorio Enric Granados of the city of Lérida, at the Teatro de la Pasión of Cervera and at the Auditorio Winterthur of Barcelona. It features Pablo Mainetti and Omar’s son Alejandro.