Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 48: The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types (rerun)

What types of tenor would a tenor type teach if a tenor type could teach tenor?

The Texas Tenors
The Texas Tenors

How, exactly, does one know that he is a “light lyric tenor,” or a “Spinto tenor,” or a “dramatic tenor”? Is there like, a Tenor Task Team? Two members of the Texas Tenors – JC Fisher and John Hagen – teach the types of tenor to us. We also learn about “classical crossover” music and why it is a gateway drug, turning innocent classical music newbies into addicts by the thousands.

By the way, if you like this episode, check out the Texas Tenors on Houston Public Media TV 8 Monday August 7, 2017 (local PBS show times here).

Music in this episode:

  • “La donna è mobile”, by The Three Tenors, from the Three Tenors in Concert, Los Angeles (1994)
  • “Celeste Aida”, by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Giuseppe Giacomini
  • Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Luciano Pavarotti (James Levine on piano)
  • Otello, by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Placido Domingo
  • “Principe più non se” from La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini, performed by Juan Diego Florez with Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • “Vesti la Giubba” from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, performed by Luciano Pavarotti
  • La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, performed Andrea Bocelli
  • “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Franco Corelli
  • “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by the Texas Tenors

Audio production by Todd “Tenortastic” Hulslander with scads of squillo from Dacia Clay.


Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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