Originally Posted by Opermann
The singers I look forward most are Frank Lopardo in the Elixer of Love and Vladimir Galouzine as Cavaradossi in Tosca. . I saw Galouzine in Pagliacci last season and he blew me away. A powerful Italianate voice and an excellent actor. Lopardo is more on the lyric side but his singing is truly thrilling. Two of the best tenors performing in the US, imo.
Interesting. I saw Galouzine in Pag as well, and was very impressed by his singing, but I thought he played the part angry all the way through and didn't really capture the sadness and despair that drive Canio through the end of the opera. He was wonderful to listen to, for the most part, but I thought he left a little something on the table.
I am definitely excited for his Cavaradossi, but Cavaradossi is another complex character, one part poet, one part revolutionary. I hope he captures that complexity in his singing. He certainly has the voice for it.
I don't know Lopardo, but I'm glad to have another tenor to look forward to. Beczala singing Faust should also be terrific. I haven't heard him live, since he's relatively new on the US scene, but I've been watching some recorded clips from his Met performances of the Duke in Rigoletto and Edgardo in Lucia, and he sounds phenomenal.