Music: A Tenor Is Born

The young tenor appearing as Radames in Verdi's A'ida had sung "magnificently," said the Manchester Guardian; his voice had "sweetness, heroic size and natural musicality." That review, and others like it, gave the tenor pause: "I decided I had better go somewhere and learn to sing."

Last week, just a year after making his debut in London with only a minimum of operatic training, the tenor was shuttling between London's Covent Garden, where he sang Canio in Pagliacci, and Amsterdam's Nederlandsche Opera, where he sang the notoriously difficult lead in Otello. The months...

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