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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 20, 1996
Some opera fanatics compare the absence of good tenors on today's opera stages to the lack of leadership in Congress.But Cesar Hernandez says there are as many good tenors as ever."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | February 3, 2007
Poetry and music are forever addressing issues of life and death. When the two art forms are brought together in that pursuit, the results can be doubly, deeply revealing and affecting. Such is the case with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, an extraordinarily subtle reflection on mortality. The work's exquisite imagery and arresting sounds enveloped Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Thursday afternoon. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's repeat performance this morning should be well worth catching.
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By Charles Passy and Charles Passy,COX NEWS SERVICE | October 16, 1998
"A voice is a color, it's a sensation, it's impossible to describe." So says Andrea Bocelli in his video "A Night in Tuscany," the PBS pledge-drive favorite that has catapulted the 40-year-old Italian singer to worldwide renown. It's as profound a summation of the human voice as any poet might utter. But Bocelli should know.Listen to him, and you swear you've got a direct line to the angels. The voice is like a richly aged red wine: complex, mysterious, full of notes of sweetness and sadness.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 7, 2004
When I remember my suffering, my happiness is doubled," sings the love-smitten Cavalier to his Puritan bride-to-be. "My joy is even dearer to me." It's just one of the melodically sumptuous moments in Bellini's opera I Puritani, an 1835 masterpiece of the lyrical style known as bel canto that will be performed this month by the Baltimore Opera Company for the first time. Those particular words must have an extra resonance for the tenor who will sing them here, Gregory Kunde. Ten years ago, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | July 6, 1996
When a character in a farce proclaims: "Absolutely nothing can go wrong," you can be dead certain there's trouble ahead.But just about everything goes right in Totem Pole Playhouse's production of "Lend Me a Tenor," the Ken Ludwig farce in which those fated words are spoken by the producer of the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company.The things that go right begin with Baltimore actor Wil Love's portrayal of the producer, whose name is Saunders and who is having a Murphy's Law kind of day.The time is September 1934, and Saunders has engaged a world-famous Italian tenor, Tito Merelli, to make his American debut that night in Verdi's "Otello."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 2, 2003
He makes other workaholics look like slackers. He makes other sexagenarian singers sound like nonagenarians. He's Placido Domingo -- tenor, conductor, bicoastal opera administrator, record-breaker. No known tenor has ever sung as many operatic roles -- 119, with the 120th slated next season. You can find another tenor or two who has managed an opera company, but not one who did so while still actively singing. Or one who served as artistic director of two opera companies simul-taneously, as Domingo does now in Washington and Los Angeles.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 20, 2000
Ken Ludwig's comedy "Lend Me a Tenor" will open tomorrow and run on weekends through March 12 at Paragon Theatre, tucked away at 1397 Generals Highway in Crownsville at Trifles Restaurant. This 65-seat dinner theater offers full-service dining with a choice of three appetizers and entrees as well as dessert and coffee. Bar service is also available in this attractive setting with cuisine that reflects an exotic mix of cultures. Most important, the room works well for the enjoyment of intimate theater.
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By Rip Rense and Rip Rense,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 30, 1998
Michael Bolton contorts his way through a new album ofoperatic arias. Aretha Franklin struggles through Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards. The Three Tenors are && almost as popular as Elvis.Opera is no longer longhair (or blue hair) music. At sellout performances across the country, Verdi and Leoncavallo are often the hottest dates in town. And the matinee idol/tenor who first made operatic singing a hot date with mass audiences 48 years ago -- Mario Lanza -- seems to be making a comeback.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 2002
There's something comfortably familiar about 2nd Star's current production of Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo, playing through March 23 at Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park. The play features many of the actors we enjoyed last spring in the company's hilarious version of Ludwig's big hit Lend Me a Tenor. In the current play, the group exploits a wealth of humor in a somewhat weaker play. The story is set in 1953 in Buffalo, where actors Charlotte and George Hay have returned to the stage in a run-down theater managed by Charlotte's mother, Ethel.
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By J.D. Considine | January 15, 1993
Merely reading about great sax isn't enough; in this case, hearing really is believing. So here are 20 of the greatest soprano, alto, tenor and baritone solos ever."
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