Tag Archives: spinto

Bernardo De Muro

Last month’s Opera News contains a review of Rome’s new production of Giordano’s Andrea Chenier. Here’s its first sentence: “In the first half of the twentieth century, Andrea Chenier was one of the most frequently staged works at Rome Opera, with tenors of the caliber of De Muro, Gigli, Lauri-Volpi, and Pertile alternating in the…

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Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann is a German born (Munich 1969) tenor who has moved to the top of the tenorial list in the last five or six years. He has a dark sound which is allowing him to move into the heavier spinto roles in both the Italian and German repertoire. Yet his vocal technique is so good that…

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Recording of the Week: Galliano Masini

Though largely forgotten, Galliano Masini was one of Italy’s leading tenor’s in the 1930s. Many of the sopranos who sang with him thought his was the most beautiful voice of his era. Though one of them, Magda Olivero, thought him slow. She was not referring to his tempi, but to his mental faculties. Born in…

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