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Duration: 1 hour

The great tenor Rolando Villazon takes us inside the world of the sexiest and most risky of all operatic voices. It's a journey which includes some of the great names of the past, such as Caruso and Lanza, and some of the brightest stars performing today, like Domingo, Alagna and Florez. We hear how they tackle their most famous roles and what the risks and rewards are.

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Fri 10 Jun 2011 19:30 BBC Four

  • Photo: Roberto Alagna

    Photo: Roberto Alagna

    The Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna in a dramatic scene from a performance of Gounod's opera Romeo et Juliette.

    Wikipedia: Roberto Alagna
  • Photo: Placido Domingo

    Photo: Placido Domingo

    The great tenor Placido Domingo performs with Kiri Te Kanawa in Verdi's Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, ew York.

  • Photo: Jonas Kauffman

    Photo: Jonas Kauffman

    The German tenor Jonas Kauffman in a scene with Anna Caterina Antonacci, from the Royal Opera House production of Bizet's Carmen.

    BBC Music: Jonas Kauffman
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    Opera on the BBC

    What Makes a Great Tenor is part of a major new collection of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera through the eyes of the world's leading singers, conductors, directors and opera enthusiasts.

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Rolando Villazon
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Dominic Best


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