Freddie De Tommaso Tops Classical Charts With ‘Il Tenore’

Tenor Freddie De Tommaso’s new album ‘Il Tenore’ has topped the UK Classical Charts – watch the ‘Nessun Dorma’ video here.

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Freddie De Tommaso. Photo: Decca Classics/Dana van Leeuwen

British tenor Freddie De Tommaso has topped the UK Classical Artist Chart and the Classical Specialist Chart for the second time with his new album, Il Tenore, featuring iconic arias and duets by Puccini and Bizet. Freddie De Tommaso has received rave reviews for Il Tenore and for his triumphant return to the Royal Opera House as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. The new album follows his 2021 classical No. 1 breakthrough album Passione.

Puccini: Turandot, SC 91, Act III - Nessun dorma

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The chart success of Freddie De Tommaso’s new album Il Tenore is mainly driven by how tracks, including ‘Nessun Dorma’, the hugely popular aria from Puccini’s Turandot most famously associated with Pavarotti and Italia 90, have been performing on streaming platforms. Freddie De Tommaso’s version is now having a similar effect, accruing nearly one million streams in just seven weeks, and currently outstreaming Pavarotti’s on Amazon Music.

“I am delighted that Il Tenore is number 1″

Freddie De Tommaso noted, “I am delighted that Il Tenore is number 1 in the classical charts on its opening week. It was such a pleasure to record this collection of arias and duets with my dear friends, Lise, Aigul and Natalya, and I am so glad that the public are enjoying them. Thank you to everyone for listening!”

Tom Lewis and Laura Monks, Co-Presidents of Decca Label Group, said, “Huge congratulations to Freddie on his brilliant, second number 1 classical album. What differentiates him from his peers is the rate at which this album has been streaming around the world. It has got off to a flying start, particularly his recording of the iconic ‘Nessun Dorma’. Opera doesn’t usually stream like this! Freddie’s star looks set to shine so very brightly.”

“The new Pavarotti? This time it might just be true.”

Freddie De Tommaso, named one of The Observer’s ‘Faces to watch in 2022’, hit the headlines in December 2021 when he made his unexpected debut at the Royal Opera House as Cavaradossi in Tosca. Although Freddie De Tommaso was not due to make his first appearance until the following week he stepped in midway during a performance, when Bryan Hymel fell ill, and brought the house down. He became the first British tenor, and the youngest ever, to sing the role at the Royal Opera House in 60 years. The Times described his performance as a “historic moment”, The Mail On Sunday announced, “A star is born”, and The Observer noted, “The new Pavarotti? We’ve heard that before. This time it might just be true.”

On 15 July Freddie De Tommaso opens the 2022 BBC Proms as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Sakari Oramo, BBC Symphony Chorus, Crouch End Festival Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Buy or stream Freddie De Tommaso’s Il Tenore here.

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