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|Antonino Siragusa sings ||La fille du régiment: Ah mes amis
Antonino Siragusa, born 1964 in Messina (Sicily), is aptly named "Antonino" (little Antonio). He is a small, thin man with a small,
thin voice that is not beautiful either. Nonetheless, of the three times I heard him at the Vienna Staatsoper, I was and am still absolutely enthusiastic
about his Almaviva (best male coloratura I've ever heard on stage, excellent top notes, and a true comedian to that) and duly
impressed with the second Elvino ("Sonnambula") I heard, in appropriate belcanto style, the voice somewhat sharp, but again
with great top notes. The first Elvino, however, that I heard of Siragusa, was pretty much like this totally miscarried
"Fille du régiment" selection... For the recordings, as well, goes that his Almaviva is incomparably better, and also funny
– listen how he's demonstrating the difference between a pop singer and an opera singer at the start of the second verse.
He made his debut in 1996 in Lecce as Don Ottavio, and soon made an international career: La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper,
Metropolitan Opera New York, Tokyo, Monnaie in Brussels, both Staatsoper and Deutsch Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Pesaro
Rossini Festival (regularly, Munich, Paris Opéra and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Torino,
Venice, Genova, Moscow, Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Zürich...
For the biography: Siragusa's website