"Roberto Alagna was born to Sicilian parents in the suburbs of Paris. He seasoned his vocal technique by listening to the great tenors of the past and following the advice of an old Cuban master, Rafael Ruiz. For years, he sang in the evenings in cabarets accompanying himself on the guitar. But his secret garden is opera. In 1988, at the age of 25, he won the Pavarotti competition. Alagna's voice is luminous, radiant. The biggest international stages, from New York to Vienna and London, immediately opened their doors to him; He is acclaimed everywhere. His voice expanded, he added to his repertoire the masters of Italian opera. He enthusiastically continued his exploration of French roles, and revived forgotten operas. This curiosity seduced contemporary composers who composed for him. Few opera artists have blazed new trails in this way.
Roberto Alagna's discography reflects the extent of his musical curiosity. The DVD also occupies a major place. He is even interested in filmmaking techniques. The director Benoît Jacquot asked him to play Mario in the film version of Tosca, which gives pride of place to the acting of singer-actors.
Adopted by a wide audience, without over denying his requirements as a singer of the great operatic repertoire, Roberto Alagna appears on television sets where he gives the answer to singers of variety, participates in charity concerts or exceptional events. Alagna tackles major roles with incredible freshness, in the world's greatest theatres, at a pace that no one else could keep. To this are regularly added the risk-taking and the amazing initiatives where the tenor commits himself to everyone's surprise, on a crush or by instinct. To artists who seek the secret of the elixir of youth, Alagna could undoubtedly answer: generosity, love of the public... and an inexhaustible enthusiasm." Portrait by Sylvain Fort (Excerpts)
Le ChanteurArtists Roberto Alagna
Release Date: 10/23/2020
For the first time in his career, Roberto Alagna is devoting an entire album to the great and beautiful French chanson. Alagna is passionate about music from all over the world and this time he is offering us a veritable declaration of his love for his French musical heritage: “Le Chanteur” introduces listeners to this legacy in a different way through the whole wealth of the various genres and diverse foreign influences that have helped to shape this medium’s identity.
The album features swing, jazz, gypsy jazz, the lamento, the waltz, and the tango and through its highly personal approach to these songs, it conveys the tenor’s tremendous passion for music which, full of character, is instinct with vitality and feeling. The result is a formidable tribute to the unforgettable melodies that we all know and that we have all hummed to ourselves. It is also an homage to their illustrious interpreters and composers.