Herwig Pecoraro

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Herwig Pecoraro sings Siegfried Hier hilft kein Kluger - Nothung! Nothung!(2) - Schmiede, mein Hammer - Finale act 1 , with Stephen Gould
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Gould can sing the complete part without any disaster, but that's not really a Siegfried heard in the past. Pecoraro outshines him.
Herwig Pecoraro sings Pagliacci: O Colombina
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Herwig Pecoraro sings La Fille du régiment: Qual destino
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Born September 2nd, 1957, Herwig Pecoraro was a rural policeman in his native Vorarlberg (Austria's westernmost region). He had already intentions to become a singer when he, without knowing her at all, addressed Elisabeth Schwarzkopf about it, who spent her holiday in the Vorarlberg mountains. She thought well of his voice, and on her recommendation, he finally began studying in Modena with Arrigo Pola, the teacher of both Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni. Pecoraro spent his first years as a singer at the Graz opera, where he sang comprimario parts and, in the lyrical repertory, also main parts; then he was engaged by the Vienna Volksoper, and since 1991, he is a comprimario at the Vienna Staatsoper - an unusual comprimario for modern times, since he has a real voice and (in his younger years at least) an excellent, easy top. His problem, frankly, is his extraordinarily unpleasant timbre; the voice is simply ugly, and the technique also not of utmost refinement, but really secure. In concerts, he sang the notorious aria from Fille du régiment several times, and he's the only one I've ever heard singing it in Italian - a crazy translation forcing the singer to do some of the high Cs on the Italian vowel i, which translates as ee into English. Pecoraro's Pedrillo, above all, is an important achievement, and it's not an easy job for a "principal" tenor to sing Belmonte to this Pedrillo. In the new millennium, Pecoraro has reduced the number of his performances; he is the head of the Staatsoper's artistic staff association, and he has made his hobby a second job: in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, he is running a manufacture of top-quality balsamic vinegar, Modena style (of course, a second fruit of his voice studies once upon a time in Modena). His vinegar has an excellent reputation with gourmets. His website is about vinegar only, but has his picture.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the notes and recordings.

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