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Roberto Alagna

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Roberto Alagna (born 7 June 1963) is a French operatic tenor of Sicilian (Italian) descent. He was born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

Alagna was born outside of the city of Paris in 1963 to a family of Sicilian (Italian) immigrants . As a teenager, the young Alagna began busking and singing pop in Parisian cabarets for tips. Influenced primarily by the films of Mario Lanza, but also from recordings of many historic tenors, he then switched to opera, but remained largely self-taught.

After winning the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition, Alagna made his professional debut in 1988 as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata with the Glyndebourne touring company. This led to many engagements throughout the smaller cities in France and Italy, mainly again as Alfredo, a role he would eventually sing over 150 times. His reputation grew and he was soon invited to sing at major theaters such as La Scala in 1990, Covent Garden in 1992 and the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in 1996. His performances of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod at Covent Garden in 1994 (opposite Leontina Vaduva) catapulted him to international stardom.

Alagna opened the 2006/07 season at La Scala on 7 December 2006 in the new production of Aïda by Franco Zeffirelli. During the second performance on 10 December, Alagna, whose opening performance was considered ill-at-ease, was booed and whistled from the loggione (the least expensive seats at the very back of La Scala), and he walked off the stage.

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  • paolamarie

    Grew up hearing and listening to Lanza . Roberto has him down pat! Never thought I would hear that gorgeous South Philadelphia, Italian/American voice ever again! Lanza always thought Caruso's voice went to him; maybe this is true here too? Just a thought?

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Leonstan

    Tagged as "avariétés ".

    7 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Etche_homo

    The best Nessun dorma! ever recorded - infinitely better than the indomitable Pavarotti.

    13 Feb 2008 Reply
  • chochovideos

    Roberto Alagna (born June 7, 1963) is a French operatic tenor. Alagna was born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. His family of Sicilian immigrants was very musically talented.[citation needed] As a teenager the young Alagna began busking and singing pop in Parisian cabarets for tips. Influenced primarily by the films of Mario Lanza, but also from recordings of many historic tenors,

    14 Dec 2007 Reply

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