Category Archives: Tenors

Helge Rosvaenge

Tweet Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972)  was a Danish tenor whose career was limited to Europe, especially Germany and Austria. Trained as a chemist at Copenhagen’s Technical University, he also took private vocal lessons. He made his debut in 1921 as Don Jose in Carmen. His brilliant spinto voice and superb high notes soon brought him to…


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Die Große Sünderin: Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk

Tweet Eduard Künneke (1885-1953) was a German composer of operas and operettas. His 1935 operetta Die große Sünderin (The Great Sinner) has a tenor aria that still finds its way into ther recitals and recordings of German tenors. Here are two recording of “Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk”, the first by the late and greatly lamented…


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Ivan Kozlovsky

Tweet Ivan Kozlovsky (1900-93) was one of the great stars of Russian opera. He appeared in over 50 operas during his years at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater – 1926 to 1954. The Ukrainian tenor was an intimate of Stalin and performed regularly at private gatherings for the Soviet dictator. He also had a friendly rivalry with…


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Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

Tweet The great tenor Carlo Bergonzi died today at age 90. Bergonzi’s voice was not the most glorious instrument of his time, but his style, phrasing, lyric line, and his vocal longevity made him one of the finest tenors of the mid 20th century. He was especially renowned for his singing of the big Verdi parts….


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More on Je Crois Entendre Encore

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Tweet My post on Je crois entendre encore has had a lot of views since it first appeared. I recently received the comments below from Tom Herz of San Francisco. I found them so insightful that I thought they deserved a post of their own. NK Seeing as how you posted this over 2 years…


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Placido Domingo 72 Today

Tweet Today is the great artist’s 72nd birthday. His career has been unique. The best way to observe his anniversary is to let him do it himself. Listen to this remarkable recording of the great aria from Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine  made in performance in San Francisco 42 years ago. At this time he was already 15 years…


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Andrea Chenier – Improvviso

Tweet Been away for three weeks, hence no recent posts. But will be at home for a while and thus regular posts will resume. Umberto Giordano’s (1867- 1948) Andrea Chenier is firmly ensconced in the standard operatic repertory. It is very loosely based on the life of the poet Andre Chenier (1762-94)  who lost his head…


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Jonas Kaufmann – Ch’ella mi creda

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Tweet The second tenor aria from Jonas Kaufmann’s first try at Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West is now also available. Ch’ella mi creda is the better known of the two. Again Kaufmann show the intense feeling he has for the words he sings. Another bravura performance. The venue was the Staatsoper in Vienna – Oct…


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Jonas Kaufmann – Or son sei mesi

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Tweet If you need more evidence that Jonas Kaufmann is decibel for decibel the best tenor currently active this video from yesterday’s performance of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West provides it. “Or son sei mesi” is in the second act and is the first of the tenor’s two aria. Kaufmann’s brilliant phrasing and his blaze…


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Richard Tucker’s 100th Birthday

Tweet Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Tucker. Tucker is the only great American tenor who is the equal of the greatest European tenors. America has had a number of great baritones, but among the greatest tenors Tucker is the sole American. His parents emigrated to the United State from Bessarabia…


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