Category Archives: Tenors

Yonghoon Lee in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met

Tweet Last night Yonghoon Lee sang his first performance as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met. The Korean has been increasingly impressive since his debut at the New York house is 2010. Before the performance an assistant manager made an announcement that Lee was suffering from a cold, but would sing nevertheless. It’s…


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Lensky’s Aria

Tweet The only reason that impresarios can convince leading tenors to take the part of Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is the second act aria ‘Kuda, Kuda’, hereafter referred to as Lensky’s aria. Even then tenors dislike  playing a character who dies in the second act. This was why Richard Tucker dropped the role after 1957-58 ….


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Flaviano Labò

Tweet Flaviano Labò (1927-91) made an unheralded debut at The Met on Friday evening November 29, 1957 as Alvaro in Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino. I attended his debut mainly because Zinka Milanov and Leonard Warren were in the cast. Nobody among the standees had any idea who Labò was or how he had found…


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José Luccioni

Tweet José Luccioni (1903-78), despite the Spanish first name and the Italian surname, was a French tenor. Born in Corsica he was a race car driver and auto mechanic for Citroen before he discovered he had a voice. He studied with tenors Léon David and Léon Escalais and made his debut in Rouen as Cavaradossi…


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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luLuBbVJsu0

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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