Piotr Beczala Sings
Opera News on Piotr Beczala
‘the kind of voice you want to hang medals on’
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Marc Piollet conductor
Piotr Beczala tenor
Verdi ‘Quando le sere al placido’ from Luisa Miller
Verdi ‘Celeste Aida’ from Aida
Bizet ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ (Flower Song) from Carmen
Moniuszko ‘Szumia jodły’ from Halka
Puccini ‘Recondita armonia’ from Tosca
Cilea ‘L’anima ho stanca’ from Adriana Lecouvreur
Giordano ‘Come un bel dì di maggio’ from Andrea Chénier
Puccini‘ Nessun dorma’ from Turandot
Think yourself blessed. With Rolls Royce vocals and turbo-charged lungs, a star is among us. Possessed with ‘the kind of voice you want to hang medals on’ (Opera News), Piotr Beczala is a tenor without compare, the Pavarotti of the here and now.
Need proof? The RTÉ NSO has got it – in one blinding, blistering, baleful and brilliant aria after another from titans of the opera courtesy of ‘arguably the hottest lyric tenor on the international circuit’ (Sunday Times).
For the incurable romantics among you, there’s the muscular melancholy of Verdi’s ‘Quando le sere al placido’ (Luisa Miller), aching longing of Puccini’s ‘Recondita armonia’ (Tosca) and heart-stopping passion of ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ from Bizet’s Carmen.
Tragedy more your style? Indulge with ‘Szumia jodły’ from Beczala’s Polish compatriot Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka. Or perhaps you prefer the firing on all cylinders passion? Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot should do the trick.
But here’s a warning: handkerchiefs at the ready for Giordano’s ‘Come un bel dì di maggio’ (Andrea Chernier) and get ready to scream, shout and pump the air for the mighty anthem that is Verdi’s ‘Celeste Aida’ (Aida).
Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra