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December 5   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

New York loses a massive opera fan

Friends are reporting the death of Vincent Titone, tenor, music director at two churches and allround opera fan who travelled to world to hear great voices. Vincent was principal tenor at Amore Opera and organiser of New York City’s Sicilian Food, Wine & Travel Group. The soprano Aprile Millo writes: This beautiful tenor voice, great lover of opera and cuisine especially of Italy, Vincent Titone is now in Paradise…. A friend for over thirty years, he traveled so many places to hear me sing…. Italy, for the gala with Luciano, which he filmed sitting next to my momma…. the early Caracalla triumphs literally in Aida, never missed a performance in New York, my first Munich Forza with Sinopoli…. He sang for many years with the Amore Opera, and had a real lyric tenor voice of beauty and old fashioned delivery. I know you went to where all our beloved music is from, and you are chatting with all the greats…. and our amazing Randy newly crossed and Russell Oberlin…. How do I say thank you? We sat together in the company box the nights all rules were relaxed because Renata Tebaldi was in the house….and you filmed it all….Thank you for loving art and music and especially opera as much as you did and do…. you will be in every emotion, every sweeping gorgeous phrase, everywhere someone sings from the heart, there shall you be forever now, untouched by pain, and regret, or fear, or desire….you have it all now…. I shall miss you very much…


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