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This Web site is dedicated mainly to tenors. It provides information such as discographies, repertories, short
biographies, sound files, recollections of performances I attended, and links to other sites. Tenors are listed by
linguistic and/or geographical affiliations (Italian, Spanish, French, etc...). For the other tenors, other categories
exist. You will find them in the tenors' index. There are many more names that shall be added on a continous basis.
This list does not pretend to be complete. You can also find a main index of tenors currently on the site. This
includes a section on Tenors in disguise (tenors singing in other keys). The chronological information provided for
some tenors does not pretend to be complete. A section on non-tenor items has been added. This is reserved
either for singers that did not get the recognition they deserved or for very rare non-tenor recordings. In this
section, you can link to section on "non-tenors singing tenor arias and/or in tenor key", maybe it is a "secret tenor
dreams" section.

There is a section on singer book reviews and associated dictionaries. This is not limited to tenors. You will also
find articles on the death of opera, on the current lack of great singers, the lack of vision of today's new vocal
teachers, and hopefully many more. Opera is dying. You will read why in the article by Joseph Shore. Nowadays it
is considered good singing when you can barely be heard but demonstrate great artistry. What ever this means!

If you believe that Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti were among the greatest tenors of all time, well this site is not
for you. Carreras had a very beautiful voice, but his lack of technique and singing non suitable parts resulted in his
destruction. He never learned to cover. Pavarotti never had a large voice, had a lyrical voice with a good easy top
that he destroyed by singing heavy parts and trying to produce a sound large enough to be heard in large theatre.
In short, he was what is called in France an opera-comique tenor. He should have sung that repertory. Domingo
was the best of the three as far as musicality is concerned. On the other hand, he never had a top to talk about or
any squillo. He sang so many different roles without any differentiation in their characterizations. If you believe
that Bocelli is an opera singer, that either Grigolo, Alagna, Alvarez or Kaufmann are great tenors, well this site is not for you.

Not that it is better on the German Helden Tenor Brood: Klaus Florian Vogt and Stefan Vinke, both are awful.

Additions and corrections are welcome and will be acknowledged.

Francois Nouvion


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This web page would not be as detailed as it is without the help of following individuals, in alphabetical order: Andres Acuńa Guzman, Prof. Giorgio Appolonia, Fabian Arciniegas, Stathis Arfanis, Juan José Arias, Algirdas Bagdonavicius, Vilijandas Bagdonavicius, Arkadi Bandukow, Jack Belsom, Eva Bertolis, Richard Boijen, Gilles Bresciani, Luc Bourrousse, David Brandwein, Victor Brescia, Harold Byrnes, Georges Cardol, Maestro Tonino Carlino, Samuel Cassons, Chris F. Catena, Paolo Cavassini, Pierre Ceccaldi, Mark Chetwood, Serge Chčze, Egle Chisiu, Leonardo Ciampa, Martin Cooke, Balázs Csák, Alfred de Cock, Richard del Taglia, Alex Dihes, Terence Doleschal, Marek Dolina, Juan Dzazopulos, Vladimir Efimenko, Mel Eisenberg, Serge Escalaďs, Roberto Falcone, Miguel J Fennick, Angelo Filistad, Alain François, Jacques Franken, Eduardo Gabarra, Daniele Godor, Sergei Golik, Frank Hamilton, James Hanrahan, Philip Hatzissimou, Dr Eduardo Marcelino Herrera, Edmund Hodges, Edvard Hogestol, Helmut Krautschneider, Clemens Jabloner, Egon Kaibel, Tom Kaufman, Gian Koral, George Leotsakos, Richard Lindau, Robert Little, Alkis Magdalinos, Geoffrey Mallinson, Francois Martini, Roberto Marcocci, Gabriella Mariacher, Pippo Martelli, Carlos Martin, J. Medina, Lysiana Medine, Julian Philip Myerscough, Andrey Naydenov, Malcolm Nightingale, Imogen Norcroft, Maestro Alessandro Pagliazzi, Nicholas Peppas, Michal Pekárek, John Freere Perry, Martin Ramor, Ken Reis, Claude Ribou, Montserrat G. Román, Victor Roman, Julian Rozental, Helge K. Sćbř, Franco Sakai, Lynn Samohel, Albert Scerri, Peter Schatborn, Robert Schlesinger, Prof. Alessandro Sciocchetti, René Seghers, Danilo Serrano, Keith Shilcock, Maestro Joseph Shore, Thomas Silverbörg, Benjamin Sloman, Raymond & Claudine Smeets, Brian Smith, Otto Striebel, Peter Strummer, George Everett Swails, Wesley Swails, Mr. Tanaka, Hélia T'Hézan, André Thomassin, Renato Toffoli, Maestro Giuseppe Tomaselli, Dragos Tomescu , Dr. Christian Tögl, Christian Torrent, Sergey Tylibtsev, Prof. Adriano Vargiu, Rafael Vázquez, Richard J Venezia, Ildikó Végh, Georges Voisin, Stephen P. Wall, Helmut Weber, Tomi Wiegner, Quade Winter, André Wium, and Vladislav Zakrevsky.

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