Moving from Bel canto to Verdi is a common thread for most young singers. Verdi is the dream as his works are some of the masterworks of the canon. For Enea Scala, the dream of singing Verdi is coming true as he starts to take on his third opera by the composer. After singing Alfredo in “La Traviata” and Fenton in “Falstaff.” The tenor will sing the Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto.”
Over the past years, Scala has built his career on singing the roles of Rossini and Donizetti and garnering acclaim. Today he is one of the tenors to look out for as he builds his status in the opera world. And singing Verdi is the next step in his career. As he noted in an upcoming interview, Verdi is connected to Rossini and Donizetti and without these Bel Canto composers, there would be no Verdi. So for Scala, the progression and transition is obvious and well-supported.
The tenor makes his debut as the Duke this week at the Opéra de Marseille and it is one of two this summer. He also takes the role to Macerata, where he makes his debut and sings in his first open-air opera.
And for those who miss his appearances in “Rigoletto,” Scala has an exciting 2019-20 season filled with some new roles like Rossini’s “Otello” and Pollione in “Norma.”
If you are not familiar with the tenor’s voice, Scala has a complete recording of Bellini’s “Zaira” with Saioa Hernandez, “Medea in Corinto” with Davinia Rodriguez, and Bellini’s “Adelson e Salvini” for Opera Rara .
Here is a little preview of some of his Verdi singing from “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” and “Il Trovatore.”