Alessandro Safina

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Alessandro Safina
Alessandro Safina in Beirut - 2015.jpg
Alessandro Safina in Beirut
Background information
BornSiena, Italy
GenresClassical crossover, Operatic pop(Popera)
Occupation(s)Singer
LabelsUniversal
Associated actsSarah Brightman Sumi Jo Elton John Chrissie Hynde Rod Stewart
Websitewww.alessandrosafina.info

Alessandro Safina (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro saˈfina]) is an Italian operatic pop tenor.

Born in Siena, Italy, Safina has sought to combine his interests in opera and modern pop music.[citation needed]

Music education[edit]

Safina began to study music when he was nine years old and attended a music academy at the age of 12. At 17, he was accepted to the Conservatorio di Musica "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence, Italy.

In 1989, he won the "Concorso Lirico Internazionale" in Manatova, Italy, and this led to his opera debut. In 1990 he appeared with soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In the '90s, Safina began recording with Italian pianist/composer Romano Musumarra and his self-titled debut was issued in September 2001. Safina's single "Luna", released in 1999, reached number 2 in the Dutch charts.[1]

In 2001, Safina contributed to the score of Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge! where he performed Elton John's "Your Song" with Ewan McGregor, and a part of the Elephant Love Medley, sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.[citation needed] In November 2001, Safina sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night[2] for Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Variety Show[3]

By 2002, Safina's album Insieme A Te sold 700,000 copies worldwide.[4] In March, 2002, he performed "Del Perduto Amore" at the San Remo Music Festival.[5] He also recorded "Your Song" with Elton John for Sport Relief, a charity venture to help children.[6] Safina's concert "Only You", featuring Patricia Manterola, was taped in the amphitheatre El Greco in Taormina, Sicily in 2001, and was later broadcast in the series Great Performances by American public channel PBS and released in 2003 on DVD. Also in 2003, Safina performed the English and Korean vocals for a Korean song called "Hamangyeon" (하망연(何茫然)), part of the soundtrack for Dae Jang Geum, and he appeared as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca e Altre Due, a film based on the opera Tosca by Puccini.

In 2007, he recorded a duet with the British soprano Sarah Brightman for her album, Symphony. He then joined her for the Symphony World Tour in 2008 where he sang "Canto della Terra" and "Sarai Qui" with Brightman.[7]

In June, 2017, Safina performed "O Sole Mio" with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli[8]

Duets:

Discography[edit]

  • Insieme A Te (1999)
  • Alessandro Safina (2001)
  • Insieme A Te [With Bonus tracks] (2001)
  • Musica Di Te (2003)
  • Sognami (2007)
  • Dedicated (2014)
  • "La Siete Di Vivere" single (1999)
  • "Luna" single (2000)
  • "Life Goes On" single; duet with Petra Berger (2007)

Personal life[edit]

Safina was married to Italian dancer Lorenza Mario from 2001 to 2011, with whom he has a son Pietro (born 2002). Currently, Safina and partner Laura Maria Calafeteanu-a marketing consultant-live together in Bucharest, Romania with their son, Christian, born in 2015.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alessandro Safina – "Luna"". Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Alessandro Safina. Biography, news, photos and videos". us.hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  3. ^ "Performances :: 2001, London Dominion Variety". www.royalvarietycharity.org. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  4. ^ "Safina, Alessandro - Dictionary definition of Safina, Alessandro | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  5. ^ "Alessandro Safina (tenor) (Concert) - OperaAndBallet.com". www.operaandballet.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  6. ^ "Elton John rerecords "Your Song" for charity (4131)". 2002-05-02. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  7. ^ "Sarah Brightman et Alessandro Safina : quel couple magnifique !" (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  8. ^ "For the first time, Andrea Bocelli and Alessandro Safina performed in one concert. And all of it held in Tashkent | Uzbekistan Today". ut.uz. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  9. ^ "Biography - Petra Berger". Petra Berger. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  10. ^ "Sezen - Safina: 'Bile Bile' düet" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  11. ^ "Tenorul italian Alessandro Safina şi-a botezat zilele trecute, la Târgovişte, copilul pe care îl are cu o româncă". Libertatea (in Romanian). Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Alessandro Safina: Am ales România și România m-a adoptat – Marea Dragoste". Marea Dragoste (in Romanian). Retrieved 2017-08-30.

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