POST (9) MARIO FRANGOULIS: A marvelous Greek singer with one beautiful song after another.

"MARIO"

______________________________

MARIO FRANGOULIS

IN CONCERT

2002

"SOMETIMES I DREAM"

 

THEATRE OF THE EARTH

THESSALONIKI

GREECE

______________________________

Review

Passion, talent, and a voice that will leave you dreaming. I am crossing all fingers and toes in the hope that this amazingly talented young man will receive the recognition that he so deserves. Sometimes I Dream: Live In Concert was filmed in Thessaloniki, Greece at the beautiful Theatre of the Earth. Mario is joined by a lovely orchestra and a couple of different choirs. The audience is made up of all ages, from teenagers to young couples to senior citizens. This is singing at its purist - no overblown pyrotechnics or crazy lighting, no dancers, no smoke. It is a man on a stage, singing with a passion that will leave you almost breathless. While watching Mario sing, you can tell that he feels every note of the music and every emotion that the song addresses. His face, especially his eyes, are so expressive. His training in acting and his experience in theatre (Phantom, Les Miz) have given him an incredible ability to become a different character within each song. The voice of the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, makes a special appearance to join Mario for Nights In White Satin. Mario gives an introduction for most of the songs. The picture quality and sound are first rate. The concert portion is just about an hour. Mario is an amazing talent and he blows the "competition"  out of the water with his vocal talent, passionate interpretation of songs, and amazing stage presence. He is charming and attractive and will hopefully introduce a new generation to the operatic/pop classical hybrid of music.

(5 STARS)

* * * * *

______________________________

EARLY LIFE

 

Mario was born on 18 December 1967 in Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) of Greek parents. When he was four years old he was sent to Athens, Greece to live with his maternal aunt Loula and her husband George. The couple adored him so much and Mario considered them as his parents. At the age of eight he began singing in various choirs and at the age of eleven he played the part of Issachar in a school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. This was to be followed by many different roles in several other school theatrical performances, including the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. At sixteen he played Tony in West Side Story.

______________________________

MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL STUDIES

 

When Mario was six years old, he started violin lessons, which he continued for twelve years, receiving a first prize when he was as young as fourteen. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1984, and although he did not further his violin studies, this particular musical training assisted Frangoulis with his operatic studies later in life.

 

In 1985 Mario moved to London, where he attended a three-year-long professional acting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1988, during his final year, he played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a production in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Arundel Festival. Mario played the lead in the James McConnel/Kit Hesketh-Harvey musical Orlando. He was spotted by Cameron Mackintosh, who after an audition offered him the part of Marius in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre (1988–1989) under the direction of Trevor Nunn.

 

Also in 1989, Mario, who had never studied classical singing, received the Maria Callas Scholarship for Opera. After finishing Les Misérables, Mario moved to Italy where he studied with tenor Carlo Bergonzi at the Verdi Academy in Busseto, graduating six months later. After a successful audition with conductor Nicola Rescigno and the renowned tenor Alfredo Kraus, Frangoulis moved to Rome in 1990 and became Kraus' first private student, traveling with him around the world to study vocal techniques and repertory.

______________________________

CAREER AND FURTHER STUDIES

1990 to 1995

 

In 1991, Mario was invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to star as Raoul in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theater. The same year, he appeared alongside Montserrat Caballé, Samuel Ramey and the British Youth Opera in the charity gala 'Serenade to a Princess' at the Whitehall Palace, celebrating the birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales.

 

In 1992, Mario moved to The United States to continue his operatic studies. With the suggestion of his mentor Marilyn Horne, and with the help of the Onassis Scholarship, he completed a three-year long program of vocal courses at the Juilliard School of Music, in New York City, as well as studying with soprano Dodi Protero.

 

In 1992, Mario also traveled to Liverpool, where he performed in an Opera Gala celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, hosted by Sir Peter Ustinov. Appearing artists for this event were as well: Montserrat Caballé, Dmitri Hvorostowski, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Dennis O'Neil, Rita Hunter and the late Alfredo Kraus, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus conducted by Robin Stapleton. This was in the presence of His Majesty Juan Carlos of Spain and HM Queen Sophia, and HRH Prince Andrew of England.

 

In the summer of the same year, along with stars of the Greek National Opera, he sang at the Athens Concert Hall in an opera gala dedicated to the memory of Maria Callas. In the summer of 1993, Frangoulis returned to the role of Marius as he starred in a touring cast of Les Misérables, at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. In 1994 he was the first Greek to become a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition.

______________________________

1995 to TODAY

 

Thus, a most extraordinary and illustrious career of tours and concerts and theatrical performances over the course of over thirty years...which still continues! Over the course of his long career Mario has also performed for dozens of major charity functions. So for all of his world-wide fans...the magic continues!

______________________________

 

 

MARIO

FRANGOULIS

______________________________

 

"THE CONCERT"

______________________________

LUNA ROSA

(1)

______________________________

 

BUONGIORNO PRINCIPESSA

(2)

______________________________

 

NON SARA

(3)

______________________________

 

VINCERO PERDERO

(4)

______________________________

 

 

TON EAFTO TOU PAIDI

(5)

______________________________

  

 

HIJO DE LA LUNA

(6)

______________________________

"NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN"

NOTTE DI LUCE

(7)

______________________________

 

A LA LUNA DE VALENCIA

(8)

______________________________

"NIGHT WANTS TO FORGET"

(9)

______________________________

  

NATURALEZA MUERTA

(10)

______________________________

 

"SOMETIMES I DREAM"

(11)

______________________________

ENCORE!  ENCORE!

______________________________

THE FOLLOWING SONG WAS NOT IN

THE LIVE CONCERT OR DVD.

IT IS ON THE CD.

CANZONE ARRABBIATA

(12)

______________________________

 

DVD

______________________________

 

CD

______________________________ 

Published by

WORDS OF WILLIAM

 

©2018

     William F. Carawan

      "Poetry Guy"

 

All rights reserved

Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.

______________________________

 COMMENT SECTION

 

I interviewed and hired a blue cow (see picture below) with a one of a kind attitude! Her name is Sally, although she says "sassy" is what most people call her...and I can understand why.

 

She recently arrived in the USA from a very tiny country called Kows'r'blu. In fact it is so tiny...that no one seems to know where it is located. Sally says its' one claim to fame is a small population (or herd) of blue cows which are not found anywhere else in the world. She says that makes her very rare and special! And I might add...seems to be the main cause of her attitude.

 

Sally has agreed to manage the "Comment Section" of my blog. She will get paid by commission based strictly on the tally of comments for that months' blog post. She seems to think that her attitude will be a big help in reaching that goal. And I can only imagine that it certainly will.

 

AFTER LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW

SCROLL TO TOP AND DOUBLE-CLICK BLOG BUTTON AGAIN

TO READ NEXT BLOG POST

_____________________________

 

This is your opportunity!

 

So, why don't you leave a comment?

 

I would love to know what you think.

 

Don't be shy...moooove me!

 

Write a comment

Comments: 1
  • #1

    Shelley (Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:48)

    Many years ago I stumbled across Mario on a PBS special. I called out for Bill to come and hear such beautiful music. Not knowing this person it took us a few minutes of watching to come to realize this Heavenly voice was of Greek origin. It only took us a moment to fall in love with Mario and many years later we are still smitten with this Greek god! What fun it is to watch the live audience enjoying him in person as they sit in ancient theaters outdoors. We would love to be at one of his lively performances but until then Bill has set this site up in such a wonderful manner that the concert can be enjoyed to the hilt right from our own home, and so can you from the convenience of your home. Click on the first video and be prepared to fall in love with that voice and then you will be wanting to hear the next and the next...the music, melody, background singers and band are breathtaking as a whole and the scenery of old Greece is an additional treat. I can't say enough good things about the magic of Mario but I will say thanks to Bill for setting up this site for me and anyone who loves the best in music in any language...
    ENJOY, but of course you will.