by Marcelo Álvarez, Salvatore Licitra


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Three's a crowd, goes the old saw. And while Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras might have something to say about that, Salvatore Licitra and Marcelo Álvarez, the opera world's fastest-rising young tenors, prove that two is indeed company on Duetto, an album of romantic Italian ballads all sung a due. The Argentinean Álvarez and the Italian Licitra both came to the fore in recent years -- Licitra in spectacular fashion by filling in at the last minute for an indisposed Pavarotti and Álvarez rising from humble beginnings toiling in a Córdoba furniture factory -- and now perform regularly in the world's opera capitals, belting out the great tenor roles. Both have recorded much-admired solo albums of operatic standards, and with Duetto they join together and reach out to a whole new set of fans by offering lyrical, classically tinged ballads from contemporary songwriters such as Francesco Sartori (author of many an Andrea Bocelli hit), Steve Wood, and others. Showing the duo's classical ties, several selections take after familiar classics: Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" is recast as "Il Volo"; Fauré's "Pavane" as "Viaggio"; and Bach's "Air on the G String" becomes "Solo Amore" in one of the album's most touching highlights. A pair of bona fide opera arias (from Bizet's underappreciated The Pearl Fishers) also join the mix, specially arranged to showcase the duo's combined talents. Always heartfelt but never to the point of schmaltz, Duetto takes Licitra and Álvarez on a sentimental journey that, while pulling them out of the soloist's spotlight, makes the most of the power of two.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998795723
catalogNumber: 87957
Rank: 143926


  1. Oltre La Tempesta
  2. Siempre Adorarla
  3. Odissea
  4. Il Volo
  5. Fantasma D'amore
  6. Dovunque Sarai
  7. Solo Amore
  8. Maria
  9. Son Gli Occhi Tuoi
  10. Je crois entendre encore from Les Pêcheurs de Perles
  11. Mia per sempre
  12. Viaggio
  13. Vita Mia
  14. Au fond du temple saint from Les Pêcheurs de Perles

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Duetto 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing CD. The voices blend so well together and I can not stop listening to the melodious tunes. The song selections are remarkable and offer a great mix of songs. I can not say enough about the talent these two men have and hope to hear much more from them. I saw them in NYC Central Park and they wre amazing live as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Light a fire, put the champagne on ice, and snuggle up with your honey--this album will put you in that mood if anything could! Licitra shows his Pavarotti-like tones, and Alvarez is mellow and smooth. It adds interest to compare and contrast two great tenors as they alternate lyrics. Beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most beautiful opera/Italian CD's I've heard. Their distinct voices go together so well and sometimes you can hardly tell it's two different voices singing the same song. I find myself singing along and memorizing the words, though I don't know Italian. My favorite tracks are 1, 4 thru 8. I highly recommend this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hauntingly beautiful and etheral lyrics! Intensly visceral experience whereby feelings come to the surface and are exposed to reflect every hope, dream and desire you may have. You will not be the same person you were before you listen to (DUETTO) who I will call the 8th Wonder of the World! Their voices are not of mere Angels---but that of the ARCHANGELS!!!!