Tenors deliver more thrills to music lovers than any other kind of musical artist. Let’s face it, there is nothing that quite compares to the rare primal excitement of the tenor whipping up drama in Italian, and his high C, sung fervently, is like catnip to audiences everywhere in the world. Tenors know this, of course, and they sometimes cut quite a strutting profile, offstage as well as on.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of conducting a production of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” at a summer opera festival in Colorado. Nemorino, the lead male role and the epitome of the bel canto tenor, was sung by a fantastic Paris-based tenor named Dominique Moralez. Dominique has all of the tenor’s tools in spades: good looks, a God-given great voice, a poet’s sense of the phrase, and, yes, an absolutely glittering high C. But for all that, he is also one of the world’s nicest people.For the complete article see the 01-18-2013 issue.
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