Freddie De Tommaso Announces ‘Il Tenore’ Featuring Iconic Opera Arias

Freddie De Tommaso’s new album ‘Il Tenore’ features iconic arias and duets with Lise Davidsen, Aigul Akhmetshina and Natalya Romaniw.

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

British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso will release his second album, Il Tenore, featuring some of the most iconic arias and duets with Lise Davidsen, Aigul Akhmetshina and Natalya Romaniw, on 24 June 2022. Il Tenore follows the release of Freddie De Tommaso’s debut album Passione in 2021 when he became the first solo tenor to debut at No.1 in the UK Official Classical Artist Albums Chart for 20 years.

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“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 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.” Listeners can relive that night as Freddie De Tommaso has included ‘Recondita Armonia’, ‘E Lucevan le Stelle’ and the love duet ‘Mario, Mario, Mario!’ (with Lise Davidsen) from Tosca on his new album Il Tenore.

This year Freddie De Tommaso performs the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Dresden Staatsoper and in his highly anticipated return to the Royal Opera House. ‘Addio, Fiorito Asil’ and ‘Vogliatemi Bene’ (with Natalya Romaniw) from Madama Butterfly are featured on Il Tenore. His new album also includes ‘Non Piangere, Liu!’ and ‘Nessun Dorma!’, probably the most famous opera aria of all time, from Turandot as well as ‘La Fleur que m’avais Jete’, the famous Flower Song, and ‘C’est Toi, C’est Moi’, with Aigul Akhmetshina, from Bizet’s Carmen.

“I am incredibly excited to release my second album Il Tenore

Freddie De Tommaso said, “I am incredibly excited to release my second album on Decca, Il Tenore, a collection of arias and duets from the operas which are central to my career at the moment and that I love to sing most. It is exciting to be able to share some of my favourite operatic repertoire with the public. I am so glad to be a part of the Decca family, and to be joined on this album by my fellow Decca artist Lise Davidsen, as well as my friends Aigul Akhmetshina and Natalya Romaniw which was great fun in the recording studio. I look forward to sharing our love of this timeless music with the listeners.”

Freddie De Tommaso is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and he shot to prominence when he won First Prize, the Plácido Domingo Tenor Prize and the Verdi Prize at the 2018 Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. He has been nominated in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2022, held on 28 April, for his debut album Passione which celebrates his Italian heritage and heroes.

Freddie De Tommaso’s Il Tenore will be released on 24 June 2022 and can be pre-ordered here.

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