An album of tenor duets is a relative rarity, perhaps reflecting a certain reluctance for operatic “friends and rivals” to subject themselves to the obvious odious comparisons (not to mention the agonising over who gets the top line). Fortunately, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres have risen above such petty squabbles to come up with Amici e Rivali , an inspiriting recitalwhere technical mastery is enhanced by the sheer pleasure of hearing two men belting it out as if their lives depended on it. The definite feeling that they are having fun into the bargain is the icing on the cake.

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Before Italian opera settled into the regular pattern of romantic lead tenor versus villainous baritone or bass, fans of bel...

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