Sunday, September 30, 2012

David Powell Lyric Tenor Goes To New York

David Powell Lyric Tenor
I have a pronounced and deep love of the singing voice.
I would like to be reincarnated as an opera singer, but since the chances are slim, I resort to listening to lyric tenors. Not a bad alternative really.

I began my studies of the classical arts with ballet lessons as a child and young adult. This acquainted me with classical scores for the opera... birthplace of the ballet. I took piano lessons to no avail, but I can learn music by listening and memorization, and compose the same way.

Let's begin with Enrico Caruso (1873-1921, Naples), who stated when interviewed about why the public insisted on buying tickets to hear and see him sing in the opera. He claimed "they are buying my pain". As an orator of the truth, the human voice does depict the truth and sorrows of our own existence. Here is an example of Andre Bocelli singins Caruso on

In the 90's we had The Three Tenors making the rounds. I have one of their video-tapes from their concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus. This features "Ave Maria" with Luciano Pavarotti, "With A Song In My Heart" with Jose Carrerras, "Amor, Vida De Mi Vida" with Placido Domingo, and a stunning "The Star-Spangled Banner" with all three fabulous voices as one.

I am mentioning this history of tenors as I listened to a radio interview this week with Nathan Pacheco with Jim Bohannan. Pacheco's unique blend of skill, imagination, and respect for those who came before him, give his music sung in Portuguese, Italian, and English, a thrilling fusion of technique and style.

Humboldt County is fortunate to be home to David Powell, Lyric Tenor, in his sendoff concert as he is moving to New York to pursue his musical career. His program includes familiar arias, oratorio, art songs, Broadway show tunes with more on the list. The performances are being held at the redwood, stained glassed sanctuary of the Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, a firm supporter of classical music.

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