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Mario Frangoulis, for the first time in Romania

Tenor Mario Frangoulis will perform for the first time in Romania, at the Palace Hall, on April 20, in an extraordinary concert with the Bucharest Symphonic Orchestra. The concert will include famous songs like Hijo de la Luna, Nights in White Satin (Notte di Luce) or Vincero Perdero.

A fabulous tenor, with an impressive vocal amplitude and an excellent technique, a classical crossover artist enjoying a phenomenal success all over the world, with a record of 19 albums and more than 7 million copies sold all over the world, Mario Frangoulis follows the notables: “Andrea Bocelli, move over!”, Daily News. While CNN admits that “Frangoulis’ world is distilled to pure sound, voice only”. He combines classic with contemporary, easily mixing opera with pop, rock, folk, soul or world music; he shared the stage with sacred monsters such as Sarah Brightman, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, José Carreras, Liu Huan, Lara Fabian, Klaus Meine or Angela Gheorghiu and performed along with the best orchestras in the world, from Boston Pops to Chicago Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Novaya Opera from Moscow, Royal Symphony Orchestra or London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in Africa and grown in Greece, Mario Frangoulis studied in UK, London. He was still a student at London’s Guildhall School of Music when Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber handed him the role of Raoul in “Phantom of the Opera”, a performance that brought to him the audience’s applauses and the critics’ praise. He discovered his inclination to opera with the occasion of performing in “The King and I” show by Rodger and Hammerstein, along with the legendary American soprano Barbara Cook and the BBC Orchestra, under the baton of Wally Harper. Then, he won the Maria Callas scholarship and the Pavarotti contest, which opened his path to Italy in order to study with tenor Carlo Bergonzi. In Rome, he had the opportunity to know and profoundly impress Nicole Rescigno, Maria Callas favorite conductor, whose student he became. He wasn’t only his student, but also Alfredo Kraus’ student; the latter was considered by specialists as one of the best tenors of the end of the 20th century, a real representative of the golden generation along with Enrico Caruso, Franco Corelli, Mario del Monaco or Luciano Pavarotti. Mario Frangoulis was the only private student ever accepted by Kraus.

He continued to cultivate his talent at the famous music school Juilliard from New York, by studying with soprano Dodi Protero, guided by Marilyn Horne. However, his career had a spectacular evolution only after he drawn Peter Gelb’s attention; the latter was the head of the Sony Classical record label, currently being the artistic manager of the Metropolitan opera in New York. Since then until today, Mario has launched no less than 19 albums and sold the impressive figure of 7 million copies all over the world. He started in 2002 with the album “Sometimes I Dream”, followed by “Follow Your Heart” four years later. Both albums took him on the first positions in the Billboard ranking of the best classical crossover artists all over the world (# 2 and # 3, in the immediate vicinity of name s like Andrea Boceli and Josh Groban, for more than 50 weeks). He is constantly ranked in the first 10 places in the international rankings; in 2011, he was voted as the Best Male Classical Crossover Artist, a fully deserved global recognition.

Throughout his career, Mario used his talent both as a soloist and an actor: from Tony in “West Side Story” at La Scala in Milano (chosen from thousands of contestants), to Alfred Drake in the musical “Kiss Me Kate” by Cole Porter. The variety of the stylistic ranges covered by him doesn’t stop here: he performed the song “So In Love” in the movie “De Lovely”, along with the pop icon Lara Fabian, he brought back to life ancient Greek tragedies with epic roles such as Dionysus, Achilles (during the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004) and raised the audience in legendary amphitheaters such as the Epidaurus ancient theater in Greece (a UNESCO monument), or the Pergamon theater in Turkey, by playing Prometheus.

In 2012, at the invitation of Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees), Mario records “Daybreak”, the last song that Robin has ever wrote, part of the composition “Titanic Requiem”. One year later, Mario played that song in Gibb’s memory, in a thrilling concert, along with the historical Boston Pops Orchestra, which was broadcasted by the American public television. The broadcast recorded a huge audience, more than 50 million households from America and Canada.

In 2016, Mario Frangoulis crossed Asia in a tour with Sarah Brightman – 24 concerts in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. The year 2017 marked the launch of his album “Ark”, with Greek duets, and tours in 25 cities in Greece and Cyprus, culminating with a fabulous concert held at Acropolis along with Angela Gheorghiu. The beginning of 2018 finds him in the studio, preparing a new album in Greek, with songs signed by himself.

 

 

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