Alessandro Safina

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Alessandro Safina
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Alessandro Safina
Background information
Born (1963-10-14) October 14, 1963 (age 53)
Siena, Italy
Genres Classical crossover, operatic pop
Labels Universal

Alessandro Safina (Italian pronunciation [ales•sandro sa•fina]; born 1963) is an Italian operatic pop tenor.

Born in Siena, Italy, Safina has sought to combine his interests in opera and modern pop music.[1]

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 lead to his opera debut. In 1990 he appeared with soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème.[1]


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.[2]

In 2001, Safina contributed to the score of Baz Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge!. 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.[1] In September 2001, his concert "Only You" was taped in the amphitheatre El Greco in Taormina, Sicily. The concert 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. Safina played 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 Symphony World Tour for the Mexico's presentations in November 2008 and for the Asian Tour in March/April 2009 where he sang "Canto della Terra" and "Sarai Qui".[1] with Brightman.


- Opera soprano Sumi Jo "Brindisi" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata in 2003.[1]

-Pop singer Petra Berger for "Life Goes On";[3][unreliable source]

- Chrissie Hynde from the American rock band The Pretenders for a separate version of "Aria e Memoria";

-"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" with rock musician, Rod Stewart;[1]

-Turkish pop singer Sezen Aksu for the duet "Bile,Bile."


  • Dedicated (2014)
  • Alessandro Safina (2001)
  • Insieme a Te (2002)
  • 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)


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