Almost everything has already been said about the most Italian of the French stars. His unique timbre and the brightness of his voice, a generosity on stage with his fans and his great curiosity that allows him to address a wide repertoire, praise is frequent but sometimes brings polemic as often is the case with visible success.
Roberto Alagna never leaves one indifferent which is perhaps his biggest feature. As Callas in her time, facts and gestures of the tenor take on a significance that goes beyond the microcosm of the lyrical world. His true place is on stage where he remains one of the greatest tenors of the world. The ticket applications for his season are still not falling. In the many roles tackled by Roberto Alagna, one does not know which one to choose among the most applauded. Between Alfredo in La Traviata which opened the doors of the great international opera houses or Romeo and his amazing "Ah! Arise, Sun! "Devastating Rodolfo Pagliacci, the heroes of the French opera, Don José, Werther, ... and rare works like Cyrano d´Alfano, Fiesco Lalo, Massenet's Le Cid, Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai.
It's always with passiona that the tenor incarnates these heroes as well as the contemporary repertoire including the last day of a condemned man (composed by his brother David). Few artists possess his kind of aura, Roberto Alagna is a absolutely a unique artist.
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Born in a Sicilian family, Roberto grew up in a Parisian suburb, surrounded by music. His natural taste for music leads him first to a career as a self-taught cabaret singer. His career changes tack when he meets Gabriel Dussurget, manager of the Aix Festival. He participates to a young talents concert thanks to Elizabeth Cooper and wins the Pavarotti singing contest in 1988.
Since then, his career gets going: a first Traviata in Glyndebourne precedes his first steps at Teatro alla Scala. He’s only 26. He goes on with different leading roles: Duca di, Mantova, Rodolfo, Nemorino, Edgardo… Thanks to his stunning role as Romeo, he gets the Lawrence Oliver Award. The French public notices his perfect elocution and especially his revolutionary pronunciation of the letter “r”.
Roberto keeps on exploring a forgotten repertoire – Cyrano de Bergerac, Fiesque, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame etc…- but also suggesting his new creations (Le Journal d’un Condamné, Marius et Fanny). At the apogee of his career, he performs the forgotten songs of Luis Mariano and Sicilian melodies to share his music with everybody.
The greatest venues and festivals everywhere have welcomed him, from the National Opera in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York to London's Royal Opera House, the Chorégies in Orange, Berlin's Deutsche Oper and La Scala in Milan. In Roberto Alagna's 30-year career, he has added over sixty roles to his repertoire, from Alfredo, Manrico and Nemorino to Calaf, Radames, Otello, Rodolfo, Don Jose, Cavaradossi or Werther… all in performances which have made Alagna the most famous French tenor in the world.
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