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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?


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The Texas Tenors
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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.