If that were true, all opera houses save for the Met, Covent Garden and La Scala would have to close their doors.
The latest pretender to Tenor Superstardom is 33-year-old Italian Vittorio Grigolo, a serious and already very experienced artist with a growing career, including a turn in the Met's next La bohème, which opens Oct. 16. He has a lyric voice and an uncanny sense of phrasing.
National Public Radio is offering a free listen to the entirety of his new album, Vittorio Grigolo: The Italian Tenor, which is being released by Sony Classical on Tuesday. The album is a mix of the old chestnuts, as well as some less-recorded fare. It's definitely worth a listen.
Perhaps we should call him Another Great Tenor. Would that be so bad?
LICITRA MASTER CLASS TODAY
Speaking of tenors, Salvatore Licitra is giving a master class today in Walter Hall, at University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is welcome, for free.