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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAPFIeGIuQ I would hate to have to be the dueling Rossini partner of Larry Brownlee, but Michael Spyres, who I had never heard of, is up to the match. If you like good Rossini tenors this sounds up your alley. Brownlee's high C's are among the most beautiful and gutsy I have ever heard. They have a new disc out:https://operawire.com/q-a-lawrence-b...he-road-ahead/

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    Brownlee and Spyres are superlative but I must add a huge shout out to Florez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    Brownlee and Spyres are superlative but I must add a huge shout out to Florez.
    I have a disc of Florez. He is amazing. Amazing on stage too. He really has stage presence. And of course he is so good looking (the swine!)

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    Flórez is like a ray of sunshine. You can really see he enjoys singing, and he makes it look easy. He delivers Arnold's crazy high notes like it's nothing.
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    I love this recording .
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    We are blessed with several great and good Rossini tenors at the moment. There are a number of younger tenors doing the rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    Flórez is like a ray of sunshine. You can really see he enjoys singing, and he makes it look easy. He delivers Arnold's crazy high notes like it's nothing.
    Talking of crazy high notes, does anyone know Javier Camarena. I saw him in La fille du régiment a couple of years ago at Covent Garden and the top Cs were the easiest I've ever heard. Encoring the aria has become something of a calling card for him.

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    Flores as king of the high Cs


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Talking of crazy high notes, does anyone know Javier Camarena.
    A terrific singer. I've not heard him in the flesh, but when he debuted at the Met, I was told that in the house, his voice was considerably more impressive than Florez's. It's a shame that Camarena hasn't recorded much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handelian View Post
    I have a disc of Florez. He is amazing. Amazing on stage too. He really has stage presence. And of course he is so good looking (the swine!)
    I've got quite a few Florez recordings and he excels in Rossini & Donizetti especially. Was also able to see him in L'Elisir D'Amore in Vienna a few years ago. His stage presence and performance are fabulous, although he did seem a little frustrated by the excessive applause following Una Furtiva Lagrima. But not so frustrated that we didn't get an encore

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    I have seen both Camarena and Florez live and Camarena had a somewhat thinner voice (and was also quite nasal). Neither of them has a huge voice, of course and both of them can be heard without problem in the house. Florez has the more interesting voice for my money, but it will be interesting to see how Camarena's career progresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerobat View Post
    I've got quite a few Florez recordings and he excels in Rossini & Donizetti especially. Was also able to see him in L'Elisir D'Amore in Vienna a few years ago. His stage presence and performance are fabulous, although he did seem a little frustrated by the excessive applause following Una Furtiva Lagrima. But not so frustrated that we didn't get an encore
    He knows how to milk the applause. But then he is a tenor!

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    Don't show this thread to the guys over in the "State of Operatic Singing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeGustibus View Post
    Don't show this thread to the guys over in the "State of Operatic Singing."
    Going off the original topic of this thread, I have to confess to some frustration with that thread and others. There are some truly great singers today, right now, who we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy both in performances (pre-covid) and through recordings. However, there seem to be some folks around who can't accept that anyone whose career didn't finish in the 80s or earlier can be any good. Personally, I'm not going to live in past - I'm going to enjoy what we have today. There's no shortage of talented singers right now, so let's all enjoy what they have to offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handelian View Post
    He knows how to milk the applause. But then he is a tenor!
    A little disappointed with an online I Puritani in which Florez sounds quite forced. I heard him in L'Italiana in Algeri many moons ago, very nice but that's a very nice role, not terribly showy or challening although I like the arias. Cesare Valletti, wonderful sweet sound in the old Guilini/Simionato recording. I have the Florez Guillaume Tell, didn't make an impression on a first hear, obviously I should try harder.
    Camarena seems to have a slighter voice (and is a small person with a peculiar likeness to Jonathan Winters) but it is exquisitely well used. I heard him in Puritani and a Berlioz Requiem, both wonderful. The upward extension is easy, integrated and very natural sounding for him. No stress, no mess.

    BUT----- YOU'RE ALL COMPLETELY OFF THE MARK!!!!

    Maybe that will spice this up a bit.

    If you haven't heard Michele Angelini's Almaviva from a Paris Barbiere on Naxos, you haven't HEARD A ROSSINI TENOR!! Forum etiquette, shouting in capitals. Hilarious. But really, I'm trying to help. I think it's on line.

    I mentioned Brian Hymel since I heard him in Guillaume Tell (Arnaud), he was spectacular and went from strength to strength. I would travel to hear him again. There were others, I was never much on Chris Merritt or Rockwell Blake, not very attractive voices to me, same with Gregory Kunde, but there was an Italian, Dano Raffanti, sang in the concert Donna del Lago with Horne/Von Stade/Blake. Really wonderful timbre (very Pavarotti like), free, good technique, and I also heard him as a very good Alfredo with Sutherland . In Memphis, Tennessee, of course, where else would you go to hear Dame Joan Sutherland in La Traviata?

    I have Rossini's Otello with Carreras staring at me but haven't gotten to it. Anyone know that? Young Carreras, von Stade, Ramey.
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