Saturday, April 11, 2009

Alfie Boe is every mom's dream

Alfie Boe, Britain's favorite tenor, according to his website,
is definitely not the popera, crossover, kinda tenor
we are all used to and most of us despise
(you know, Safina, Frangoulis, Il Divo, Groban etc)
coz this man can actually ***sing opera without being miked***.

OK, he's no Gigli, but who is, nowadays?

His voice is medium sized and many times quite inaudible especially at the low register,
but nobody can deny that he's a good lirico.

His program included arias from Faust ("Salut demeure"), Gianni Schicchi ("Firenze é come un albero fiorito"), L' Elisir d'amore (Quanto é bella and Una furtiva), even Lensky's "Kuda, kuda"!

Most of Part II was dedicated to the neapolitan song and some Oldies but Goodies like my dad's favorite "Parlami d'amore Mariú" (a 1932 italian song by Cesare Andrea Bixio that was first sung by Vittorio de Sica in the film "Gli uomini, che mascalzoni!"). And it seems that this song is not only my dad's favourite, as Alfie repeated it as an encore and invited the audience to singalong!
You would be amazed if you heard how many people actually remember this song's lyrics...

Alfie at the post-performance reception signing autographs

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