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Jose Cura is a prominent operatic tenor known for his intense and original interpretations of his characters, notably Verdis Otello and Saint-Saens Samson, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances. He is also able to perform high baritone roles with the extended lower parts of his vocal range.
Jose Cura was born in Rosario, Argentina. He originally trained as an orchestral conductor, his vocal talents largely unrecognised until 1988 He became the first artist to sing and conduct simultaneously (both in concert and on recordings) and the first to combine singing with symphonic works in a half and half concert format. Cura made operatic history when he first conducted Cavalleria Rusticana and then stepped on stage after intermission to sing Canio in I Pagliacci at the Hamburg Opera in February 2003.
A compelling actor and charismatic stage performer, Cura has been featured in numerous telecasts of opera and concert productions from venues around the world.
One Fine Art
You wait years for a nice young tenor...
A thrilling voice and charisma to burn
Trouble on the high Cs
'Otello' delivers fury and passion
La Traviata Goes on Location in Paris, TV experiment brings drama, intimacy to Verdi
Jose Cura's Official Site
Reviews, articles, photos and future schedules for Jose Cura from The Opera Critic
Interview with Jose Cura on MusicalCriticism.com, September 2008
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