This week’s Song of the Day curator is baritone Shea Owens. An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program and NYFOS Next, Shea is returning to the NYFOS Mainstage next month in From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends. Be sure to get your tickets today!
from Shea Owens:
Let’s end the week on a high note—literally. Tenors get a lot of those. And in the operatic world it’s universally agreed that, of the men, tenors get the most glory and make the most money. But do they really get the best music too? That’s up for debate—and there’s a song that makes a convincing argument for baritones. “I’m Glad I’m Not a Tenor” was written by American composer Ben Moore in 2007. You’ll hear snippets of several famous baritone arias, but somehow, the famous tenor aria “Nessun dorma” keeps creeping in . . . Have a listen and see if you’re convinced.
(Since there is no professional recording of this song currently available, I’m posting a performance I did in early 2014.)