Tuesday, January 4, 2011

There is No Stopping Nicola Martinucci

The tenor, born in 1941, will star in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci this February at the Romanian National Theater.

Martinucci has sung most of the standard Italian repertoire roles, especially Verdi (Radames in Aida) and Puccini (Calaf in Turandot, Luigi in Il Tabarro). His lyrico-dramatic Italianate sound, coupled with his similar repertory, dark Mediterranean looks, and bearded appearance, have led many into seeing him as a possible successor to the late Luciano Pavarotti. In addition to the roles mentioned above, his repertoire also includes the roles of Cavaradossi, Pinkerton and Marat in Mascagni's Il piccolo Marat.

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