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January 2007 Featurette: ROMANZA -- "The Art of the Tenor"

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"The Art of the Tenor"

One wonders how many variations of the tag-team "Three Tenors" genre there could be in the world. One tenor thrills the audience with his unique solo voice and styling, high-fives the proceeding tenor as one exits the stage and the other enters, and eventually all three will come together for a spectacular harmonic feast for the ears. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to perform with just such a trio. I was beyond impressed. I was moved.

Since that first encounter, I have had the privilege of working with Romanza several times, on stage and in the studio, both as a percussionist and an arranger. They have graciously allowed to post their official press release:

"Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine tingling 'high C', the tenor voice romances. Romance is the art of the tenor.

Romanza -- three classically trained young tenors charged with vitality and talent and born to entertain on the international stage. Individually they have enjoyed rave reviews performing as soloists across North America and Europe; together they are undeniable, joining in harmonies that swell and subside masterfully, charming you along the way.

The three real life friends infuse their performances with their offstage camaraderie warming the audience with their intimacy and humour. Ever since their official 'Grand Debut' concert sold out to a packed house of 1500 screaming fans, both critics and audience alike have described Romanza as expressive, accessible, and fun. Fun? Yes, by re-invigorating opera hits, Italian favorites, popular folksongs and well-loved ballads with their own tailor-made irresistible arrangements for the contemporary audience. These are songs that Romanza is passionate about singing. Romanza is the real deal. Authentic. Talented. GENUINE."

The following press clips further the buzz that these gentlemen are creating in the musical world:

Their performance here at ACT (Arts Centre & Theatre) was the best attendance we have had. - Robert Campbell, Theatre Director, Maple Ridge Arts Centre

"Anyone who is a fan of Il Divo will probably like Romanza. Romanza is highly entertaining." - Kelowna Daily Courier

On Friday night, they were greeted with cheers and, ultimately, two standing ovations, ...fine, robust singing...boasts a naturally, beautiful, powerful tenor is just plain exhilarating... they display an impressive ability to imbue a song with emotion - Times Colonist

C-FAX radio personality Terry Moore, introducing their grand debut at a packed Royal Theatre Friday, even suggested these New Kids on the Three Tenors Block are in 'the company' of Caruso, Jussi Bjorling and Pavarotti. - Times Colonist is an Exclusive distributor of Romanza CD's.
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Other recommended CDs in the same genre:
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Placido Domingo (tenor), Jose Carreras (tenor) - THE THREE TENORS IN CONCERT [Limited Release] (Japan Import)
 Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Placido Domingo (tenor), Jose Carreras (tenor) - The Best Of The 3 Tenors [Limited Pressing] (Japan Import)
Il Divo - Siempre (Title subject to change) [CD+DVD] (Japan Import)
American Tenors - The American Tenors (Japan Import)

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