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18 May 2018, 11:41
This 70-year-old tenor can still sing like a 30-year-old – so he passed on his wisdom to a young rising star.
Salvatore Fisichella is an internationally acclaimed Italian operatic tenor. And at 70 years old, he can still completely smash a Puccini aria out of the park.
While instructing vocalists at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival, he gave a masterclass on ‘Che Gelida Manina’ (from Puccini’s La Bohème) with American tenor Andrew Owens.
Owens’ voice is lovely, but after nine minutes of being subjected to Fisichella’s ‘widening’ technique (“punta e allarga,” he says – “aim and widen”), he’s a whole new guy.
Listen out for Fisichella’s eye-wateringly magnificent note at 6:44…
YEP, HE WAS 70 YEARS OLD THERE.
Salvatore is now 74, and still teaches Belcanto singing at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival.