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Vail Valley: Ten Tenors expand opera’s appeal

Kris Sabel
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley music: The Ten Tenors present a program of classics ranging from post-war ballads to 1980s rock rearrangements on Nov. 19 at the Vilar Center. Tickets are still available for the show.
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –In the 1990’s Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras started a trend when they formed “The Three Tenors” and sold out huge concerts in amphitheaters and stadiums around the world.

Reactions to this new format varied. Some thought it was a good thing, as it introduced opera to a wider audience. Some purists believed that performing only the ‘greatest hits’ arias amplified in stadiums does little to promote understanding and appreciation for opera as an art form.

As an opera lover I may agree aesthetically with the critics – but as a presenter I have to say anything that exposes art to a broader audience can’t be a bad thing. You never know who from that audience may become an ardent fan or how it will affect their lives.



Artists like Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo have created interest in this style of music. They sing for an entirely new audience while also appealing to fans of opera. So no matter where you stand on any of these artists it is impossible to deny that they have made a difference.

The success of the Three Tenors led to a wide variety of imitations such as the Irish Tenors, the Three Canadian Tenors, Three Tenors and a Soprano, Three Mo’ Tenors, Three Countertenors, the Three Chinese Tenors, and the list goes on and on. Many of these groups have developed and maintained their own devoted fan bases.

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One such group is The Ten Tenors. Formed by a group of college friends constrained by the seriousness of their elite music school training, The Ten Tenors found infinitely greater pleasure in the art of entertainment than the art of opera.

Initially seeking “a bit of extra beer money,” The Ten Tenors took their show on the road. Now, more than 10 years later, they have a full-time tour schedule that takes them around the globe 10 months a year, performing nearly 250 shows on five different continents.

They have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. Not limited to opera classics, they have reinterpreted songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Throw Your Arms Around Me” and even “Dancing Queen.”



Their concert on Nov. 19 is part of The Nostalgia Tour, which supports their 2008 CD release of the same name. Among the 12 tracks on the album are “Mona Lisa,” “Besame Mucho,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Danny Boy,” “Moon River,” “Over the Rainbow,” “As Time Goes By” and “Swinging on a Star.”

In addition to these songs I imagine they may perform a few arias and maybe even a 1980s rock music medley. Sometimes it’s all 10 voices, sometimes it one, or any combination in between.

So if you like the tenor voice and you’d like to see talented and exuberant Australians sing their hearts out for you, I would recommend that you call the box office and get your tickets today. If you don’t like any of the above … well, do what you have to do.

Ciao’ and I hope to see you at the theatre.

Log on to http://www.vilarpac.org or call the box office at 888-920-ARTS(2787) to learn more and purchase tickets.


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