• Icilio Calleja

    Icilio Calleja

    The number of tenors throughout the first half of the twentieth century considered great exponents of the role of Otello ever since Francesco Tamagno premiered Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in 1887 at La Scala, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Without a doubt …

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  • Oreste Kirkop

    Oreste Kirkop

    Oreste Kirkop (Chircop), Malta’s singing ambassador of the Fifties who achieved international fame was born at Hamrun on July 26, 1923, the sixth child among the ten siblings of Jean Chircop and Fortunata Panzavecchia. Discovered and trained first by the Maltese tenor Nicolo’ Baldacchino, and later by …

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  • 4 tenors from Malta

    Special: 4 tenors from Malta

    Today is the birthday of  tenor Joseph Calleja, the latest star in an illustrious line of successful tenors from the small island of Malta. In celebration of him and those before him, we present a special on tenors from Malta this month. Four tenors are featured, …

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  • Bartoli Bellini

    Bellini, Norma and Bartoli

    Bellini’s musical training was first within the family then continued under Nicola Zingarelli at the Naples Conservatory when he became thoroughly familiar wwith the works of Haydn, Mozart and…

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  • Anatoly Orfenov

    Anatoly Orfenov

    In 1928, Orfenov came to Moscow and found a place in the class of Alexander Akimovicha Pogorelskogo, follower of the Italian school of Bel Canto.Working with the major masters of Russian musical art finally shaped Orfenov into an ‘individual’ actor. He rapidly gained a leading …

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