Monday, May 05, 2014
New Three Tenors
The New York Times headline by Zachary Woolfe today reads "Three Stars Who Navigate on the High C's." These new three tenors are Javier Camarena, Lawrence Brownlee and Juan Diego Florez. They are all on the bel canto end of the tenor spectrum and all fantastic singers.
My favorite quote from the article is when Marilyn Horne says "I'm delighted because we need good singing. There's all this talk that the Met is not selling enough tickets, but apparently when the review of 'Cenerentola' came out, about Camarena, the next performance was packed. What is that saying? We want voices. That's why people want to go to the opera."
I couldn't agree more. Opera companies--pitch your singers and then pitch them again. Tell us how wonderful they are, and then tell us again. I don't care how much money you spent on new productions, it's the singers we want.
All three of these guys are very familiar to me with Camarena the newest addition. But he isn't all that new since I have seen him in Cecilia's Rossini Otello and Natalie's Paris Sonnambula.