Tenors in Disguise

This is reserved for tenors singing in other keys.

Alagna, Atlantov, Bauls, Bernardi, Bjoerling, Bötel Bernhard, Caruso, Cornelius, Cura, Del Monaco, Delcroix, Domingo, Donati, Gigli, Graveure, Groh, Jovanovic, Kozma, Kozub, Lieban, Maresca, Melchior, Mieli, Müller-Lorenz, Noval, Pagliazzi, Philipp, Rosenblatt, Rossi, Rosvaenge, Schiøtz, Schock, Sobinov, Svanholm, Tauber, Thomas, Vendrell, Vinay, Zanelli, Zucker
  • Roberto Alagna
    • Roberto Alagna sings Don Giovanni: Deh vieni alla finestra, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Roberto Alagna demonstrating that he doesn't only have problems with the upper register but - admittedly less grave problems - with the low register as well. (Btw, Alagna was the best Alfredo I've ever heard! He was young then - it was in 1993, I think -, nobody knew his name, I only went to the performance to hear some baritone or soprano, I don't remember; and he was a revelation, his singing exemplarily free and natural. Soon after, his name became well-known, and when he came back to Vienna, just two or so years later, he was already the croaking monstrosity he has been ever since, with the only exception of his Mariano CD, which is really charming. Maybe he should have gone this direction instead of torturing us with his laboured operatic efforts.)
        Alagna as a tenor
  • Vladimir Atlantov
    • Vladimir Atlantov sings Don Carlo: Per me giunto ... O Carlo ascolta, in RA format
      with Francisco Lázaro
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Vladimir Atlantov singing Posa on stage; with him, too, it's doubtable whether he wouldn't have done better singing baritone all the time - though he seems somewhat uneasy (nervous maybe?) and has intonation problems, his voice is definitely more "at home" in this key.
        Atlantov as a tenor
  • Louis Bauls
    • Louis Bauls sings Don Carlo: End of Filippo & Inquisitore duet, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording.
      • Louis Bauls tries some Basso singing.
        Bauls as a tenor
  • Giuliano Bernardi

  • Jussi Bjoerling
    • Jussi Bjoerling sings Pagliacci: Si può, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Jussi Björling - Si può, sung without any accompaniment during a party, impeccably in pitch, and with a remarkable echo (maybe this was a bathroom party?). One of the best "tenors in disguise" recordings that I know; excellent as well as funny.
        Bjoerling as a tenor
  • Bernhard Bötel

  • Enrico Caruso
    • Enrico Caruso sings La Bohème: Vecchia zimarra
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
        Caruso as a tenor

  • Peter Cornelius
    • Peter Cornelius sings Don Giovanni: Là ci darem la mano, with Tenna Frederiksen in Danish
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
        Cornelius as a tenor

  • José Cura
    • José Cura sings Pagliacci: Si può, in RA format
      • Strangely enough the Austrian engineer was very good, he took off the deserved booing.
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
        Cura, José as a tenor (with a review of Si può)

  • Mario Del Monaco
    • Mario Del Monaco sings Pagliacci: Si puo in RA format
    • Mario Del Monaco sings Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings.
        Del Monaco as a tenor.

  • A. Delcroix
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings.
        Delcroix as a tenor.

  • Plácido Domingo
    • Plácido Domingo sings Simon Boccanegra: Fratricidi!!! Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo, in RA format
      with Fabio Sartori, Kwangchul Youn, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Alexander Vinogradov and Anja Harteros
    • Plácido Domingo sings Iphigénie en Tauride: Dieux! qui me poursuivez, in RA format
    • Plácido Domingo sings Iphigénie en Tauride: Le calme rentre dans mon coeur, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings (Iphigénie en Tauride) and notes.
      • Late in 2007, Plácido Domingo added a new role to his vast repertory: Oreste in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride - a baritone part, thus! This is maybe an apt opportunity to stress that, even though this is a site for tenor aficionados, nobody should think baritone to be a minor key of male voice, or one that doesn't deserve to be sung by healthy voices. In other words, baritone is NOT what tenors should start singing when their voices are gone... In the first excerpt, Domingo is lacking the top (baritone!) register; to make up for it, in the second excerpt, he is lacking the low register, as well.
        Domingo as a tenor.

  • Walter Donati

  • Beniamino Gigli
    • Beniamino Gigli sings Pagliacci: Si puó in RA format
    • Beniamino Gigli sings Don Giovanni: Reich mir die Hand, with Maria Cebotari in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
      • Beniamino Gigli - Si può; transposed, but still too low for him - certainly one of his poorest recordings ever. Gigli & Cebotari - a short Giovanni excerpt from one of his German films.
        Gigli as a tenor.
  • Louis Graveure
    • Louis Graveure sings Pagliacci: Si puó in RA format
    • Louis Graveure sings Der Wanderer in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
      • Louis Graveure, who made at least as many baritone as tenor recordings, though his tenor career was certainly more successful.
        Graveure as a tenor.
  • Herbert Ernst Groh
    • Herbert Ernst Groh sings Der Trompeter von Säckingen: Behüt dich Gott, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Herbert Ernst Groh with a baritone aria that he also used to sing on the concert stage as I learned about 20 years ago from a person who had heard Groh during WWII at the Vienna Konzerthaus. That listener (who didn't like Groh very much) reported this baritone piece was his best achievement on that evening.
        Groh as a tenor
  • Laza Jovanovic

  • Lajos Kozma
    • Lajos Kozma sings Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu, in RA format
    • Lajos Kozma sings Die Zauberflöte: O Isis und Osiris, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Paolo Cavassini for the recordings.
        Kozma as a tenor

  • Ernst Kozub

  • Julius Lieban

  • Benito Maresca

  • Lauritz Melchior
    • Lauritz Melchior sings La Traviata: Di provenza in RA format
    • Lauritz Melchior sings Der Trompeter von Säckingen: Behüt dich Gott in RA format
    • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
    • Lauritz Melchior sings Il Trovatore: Il balen in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
        Melchior as a tenor.
  • Oreste Mieli
    • Oreste Mieli sings Il Trovatore: Il balen in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Oreste Mieli was in fact a baritone in disguise - sang baritone both at the start and at the end of his career, with a tenor intermezzo of 12 or so years, which I for one don't consider very convincing; his is actually a baritone voice.
        Mieli as a tenor.
  • Wolfgang Müller-Lorenz
    • Wolfgang Müller-Lorenz sings Hölderlin-Fragmente: Fragment 4 in RA format
    • Wolfgang Müller-Lorenz sings Hölderlin-Fragmente: Fragment 92 in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Müller-Lorenz as a baritone... very unusual repertory. Two extremely short recordings - no mistake, these are the entire pieces!
        Müller-Lorenz as a tenor.
  • Thorkild Noval
    • Thorkild Noval sings Tannhäuser: O du mein holder Abendstern, in Danish and RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
      • Noval as a tenor
  • Franco Pagliazzi
    • Picture of Franco Pagliazzi
      Aida 1971 with Flaviano Labò
    • Franco Pagliazzi sings Rigoletto: Si vendetta, with Maria Luisa Cioni in RA format
    • Franco Pagliazzi sings Ernani: Oh de verd'anni miei , in RA format
      • I would like to thank Alessandro Pagliazzi for the recordings and picture.
      • Pagliazzi as a tenor
  • Robert Philipp
    • Robert Philipp sings Les cloches de Corneville: Die Reise um die ganze Erde, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Robert Philipp, famous for having sung the leading tenor part in the "Evangelimann" world premiere, here making a rare and unusual excursion into the light French operetta baritone repertory.
        Philipp as a tenor
  • Josef Rosenblatt
    • Josef Rosenblatt sings Élégie, in Yiddish, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • The famous Jewish cantor's only recording of Western classical music - in baritone key!!
        Rosenblatt as a tenor
  • Tino Rossi
    • Tino Rossi sings Don Giovanni: Deh vieni alla finestra (in French) in RA format
      • It's pretty surprising to hear a light lyrical tenor like Tino Rossi, of all people, as Don Giovanni and Wolfram. The Giovanni serenade is from a film made in his heyday; it's transposed. The Tannhäuser selection is in original key - a TV recording (I believe) made when Rossi was already more or less retired.
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordingsnotes.
        Rossi as a tenor.
  • Helge Rosvaenge
    • Helge Rosvaenge sings Martha: Die letzte Rose, with Carla Spletter in RA format
    • Helge Rosvaenge sings Martha: Lass mich euch fragen, with Eduard Kandle in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
      • Helge Rosvaenge as a baritone, bass and - soprano!
        - First, he is turning Laßt mich euch fragen into a duet with a real bass (presumably, but not with utmost certainty, it's Eduard Kandl)
        - then he is singing Letzte Rose, the soprano aria, again as a duet.
        Both excerpts are from the 1936 film "Martha" (also known as "Letzte Rose"), a spoken film with just some music from "Martha", and Rosvaenge participates in every excerpt, thus singing all the leading roles of the opera!
        - Last not least, his prologue from Pagliacci. In his autobiography, he tells that he didn't want to sing Canio with a cold voice, so he usually wanted to sing Turiddu on the same evening, as well. If an opera house wouldn't allow him to, he usually demanded to sing "at least" the prologue instead of the baritone, which he thus did regularly... Excellent recording!
        Roswaenge as a tenor.
  • Aksel Schiøtz
    • Aksel Schiøtz sings Der Tambour in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Aksel Schiøtz, who became a "baritone" after he had lost his voice due to a grave illness (it's disputable, though, whether what he had left then can be called a voice at all)
        Schiøtz as a tenor.
  • Rudolf Schock
    • Rudolf Schock sings Faust: Da nich nun verlassen soll, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
      • Rudolf Schock recordings. The Abendstern is actually not bad!!, though very late in his career.
        Schock as a tenor.
  • Leonid Sobinov
    • Leonid Sobinov sings Eugene Onegin: Kogda bi zhizn domashnim krugom, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Leonid Sobinov in a exceedingly rare private recording from 1912, of which only a fragment has been preserved
        Sobinov as a tenor
  • Set Svanholm
    • Set Svanholm sings Tannhäuser: Wie Todesahnung, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the recording.
    • Set Svanholm sings Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Set Svanholm, who already in his early baritone days made some not too well-known recordings
        Svanholm as a tenor
  • Richard Tauber
    • Richard Tauber sings Pagliacci: Allow me, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.
      • Richard Tauber singing the prologue from Pagliacci - he could have become much better as a baritone than he actually was attempting to be a tenor!
        Tauber as a tenor.
  • Jess Thomas
    • Jess Thomas sings La Forza del Destino: In heiliger Stunde, with Jess Thomas, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Jess Thomas, singing Solenne in quest'ora as a duet with himself; maybe he wanted to prove that it was not a wise decision of his to become a tenor?
        Thomas as a tenor
  • Emilio Vendrell
    • Emili Vendrell sings El dictador: La carta in RA format
    • Emili Vendrell sings El dictador: Cancion de los cosacos in RA format
      • I wish to thank Robert Schleinger for the recordings.
        Vendrell as a tenor
  • Ramón Vinay
    • Ramón Vinay sings Otello: Si pel ciel, with Mario Del Monaco, in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Ramon Vinay, equally horrible as a baritone and as a tenor - del Monaco partnering him, taking the part of the tenor, this time, and in excellent form.
    • Ramón Vinay (Inquisitore) sings Don Carlo: Il Grande Inquisitor! , with Ezio Flagello, in RA format
      • Ramon Vinay is no bass either.
        Vinay as a tenor
  • Renato Zanelli
    • Renato Zanelli sings Zaza: Zaza piccola zingara in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Renato Zanelli, whom I like much better in his baritone than in his tenor period.
    • Renato Zanelli sings Les cloches de Corneville: J'ai fait trois fois in RA format
      • I would like to thank Tom Silverboerg for the recording.
        Zanelli as a tenor.
  • Stefan Zucker
    • Stefan Zucker sings Die Walküre: Hojotoho in RA format
      • I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
      • Stefan Zucker, "the world's highest tenor", as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre - interpolating a high note most sopranos wouldn't even think about.
        Zucker as a tenor