September 21, 2012

Last night of the Proms 2012

Few people would imagine how nervous I was for my performance at the last night of the Proms. Not only I was the first tenor to appear in more than 30 years but one of the very few non Brits who did this .  It also happened to be in the midst of a week full of performances, rehearsals and promo for my new Album, “Be My Love,” tribute to Mario Lanza.

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July 17, 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog, which will be published for the first time with the launch of my new website and my new CD “Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza.” By the way: for the record collectors out there, please note that the album will also be released on as a limited edition vinyl!

But now, back to my blog. On this space, you can pretty much expect a little bit about everything: opera, culture, food, fly fishing, wine and the occasional foray into politics……

So I hope that those of you who already follow me on Twitter and on Facebook will watch this space and, as always, please do feel free to interact and let me know what you think!

More soon…

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?