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Tenors, texts and TV…

What makes a great tenor? Rolando Villazon does…

If you’re near a TV set on June 2nd at 9.00 in the evening you might catch me being interviewed by the amazing Rolando Villazon on BBC4. I had a wonderful time at the Royal Opera House; Villazon is a real powerhouse and has an incredibly quick brain. When I arrived he was sitting on the floor doing a piece to camera on Franco Corelli. At the end of the first take I couldn’t resist suggesting he mentioned Corelli’s legs, which were reckoned by some to be the best pair ever seen on a tenor. He began again: …and Franco Corelli, he had it all, including two of the best pairs of legs in the business…immediately realising what he’d said, he added…though he only used one pair at a time, of course. I don’t suppose that will find its way into the final cut.  It was all enormous fun, with Rolando fizzing away the whole time. So much energy! I’d taken the precaution of bringing along my copy of his Massenet & Gounod album – one of my favourites – which now has on the liner a Rolando cartoon of the two of us talking tenor stuff.

Tenor paperback

Tenor: History of a Voice is to be reprinted by Yale as a paperback in September. There won’t be any updated content, but I hope I have  corrected most of the misprints etc – so thank you to all those whose sharp eyes caused me all sorts of embarrassment. There may well be a substantially updated 2nd edition in a year or two, so I hope people will keep sending suggestions for updates.

3 Responses to “Tenors, texts and TV…”

  1. Steve Thorn says:

    I have to completely agree with you here, Rolando Villazon is an absolutely amazing Tenor. That coupled with his wonderful acting ability and facial expressions, really add to the spectacle that is Rolando Villazon

    I have particularly enjoyed listening and watching him perform Nemorinos aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima” you have to be able to float your voice to sing this, and he is an expert at it .

  2. John Potter says:

    Absolutely – and judging from your blog you completely understand the joy of tenor!

  3. lisaw says:

    i can’t wait to see this documentary 🙂

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