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The Tenor Voice and the Joy it Brings
The human voice is a great instrument. I have been listening to the tenor voice since I was a little girl, and it has continued to bring me real pleasure. Why not turn to YouTube and take the time to listen to some of their wonderful voices.
A while back I discovered a remarkable source of pleasure. It was the voice of a superb tenor. His name is Juan Diego Florez.
As I listen to him sing, I sense that the experience hearing a great tenor voice is hardly my own, and I strongly recommend that the reader of my words spend some time turning to YouTube where this pleasure is waiting for them as well, if they have not done so before.
In addition, another wonderful tenor voice I truly have enjoyed regularly is the voice of of Lawrence Brownlee. He too has brightened my days.
Hearing such voices as these is only some of what we are able to listen to. Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and so many others have remained integral to my life and love of music.
The question might come to you, why spend my time listening to music I have never listened to before? My reply is that the only way you will make this discovery is to try it, not unlike tasting a new food. You never knows how it will taste until you try it.
I was extremely fortunate as a child because my father had an extensive library of old records. One of them was a tenor voice — a recording of music sung by Enrico Caruso, said to be one of the greatest tenors who has ever lived. When I was lucky enough to hear his voice, it was not unlike trying that special food I'd never eaten before.
The human voice is one of the great instruments, and so few appear to see it that way. But after my first exposure to this unbelievable artist, opera has been there to provide musical experiences that exceeded others I've known in my long life.
First as a New Yorker I was able to visit the Metropolitan Opera, where some of the world's great tenor voices of that time would sing. Living in Chicago, my ex-husband and I had season tickets to the Lyric Opera where I was fortunate to hear Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, another two world-renowned tenors. On a trip to London, we visited Covent Garden where I was able to hear Jose Carreras. If you should watch The Three Tenors video on YouTube, you will hear him as well as Pavarotti and Domingo.
Please understand that this is only a suggestion I am offering. However, I feel certain that should you join me in this extraordinary opportunity, you too will have added something unforgettable to the days of your life.