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Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna

  • June 7, 1963 Clichy-sous-Bois, France


Roberto Alagna was born in the suburbs of Paris, into a Sicilian family where everyone sang (and Roberto was told that his voice wasn't the best in the family...!) He sharpened his vocal technique listening to the great early tenors, and was guided by the advice of an old master, Rafael Ruiz. For years, every evening, Roberto went out to sing in cabarets, accompanying himself on the guitar. But opera was his secret passion, and his idol was Pavarotti: in 1988 Roberto Alagna won First Prize in the Pavarotti Competition. His voice was radiant and luminescent, a voice of which every Italian opera-singer dreamed. Glyndebourne wanted him as Alfredo in La Traviata. Afterwards came Monte Carlo and, very soon, La Scala. In only a few years, the greatest international venues opened their doors to him, from New York to Vienna and London; the greatest conductors were honoured to take up the baton for his performances, and each appearance by Alagna led to an ovation.

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