The golden thread of Italian lyrical singing

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oddjobman
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The golden thread of Italian lyrical singing

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Italy has an abundance of lyrical tenors. To my mind, the line of torch bearers among Italian lyrical tenors in chronometric order is: Alessandro Bonci, Beniamino Gigli, Guiseppe di Stefano, Luciano Pavarotti. But after that, I can't think of any name that is primus inter pares.
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I think Ferruccio Tagliavini should go in there some place. (By-the-way, you got Giuseppe spelled wrong)

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Likewise, Eugenio Fernandi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSIV5o1cnW8di
Luigi Infantino. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJZprPBsNyU

plus quite a lot more.

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Geoff.

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Yes, agreed. And while we are at it, I might also mention Gianni Raimondi. But the ones that were mentioned so far are not active anymore. What about the present corps? Any one that can match the giants of the past?

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Not to mention Salvatore Fisichella is a crime!

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Not a household name but my favorite leggero tenor of all... Ugo Benelli


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Ugo Benelli was largely instrumental is resurrecting Rossinian singing in the modern era. I met him some years ago when he was still singing character parts. He was I think the first to record 'Cessa di piu resistere etc.' which was usually cut at the end of Barbiere, even though its twin in Cenerentola was always sung by the mezzo, also at the end of the opera. Nowadays when it is left out, by the tenor, it is very obvious.

I would like to add Cesare Valletti to the list as an early contemporary of Ugo Benelli. It was said that he also sang 'Cessa...' but I do not think that he recorded it. Style reminiscent of Tito Schipa who was his teacher.



Luigi Alva with a more lyrical tone was also a contemporary. Very stylish.

I know that I am stepping on toes here but to my mind Beniamino Gigli is not in any way a leggiero tenor. I consider his voice a spinto tenor who had the technique to sing in a very lyrical style when he had a mind to, at least when he was young. I was never very clear what Ferruccio Tagliavini was but more inclined to consider him a lyric tenor.

The reigning leggiero at the moment is Juan Diego Florez.

Jim

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