About the Artist
Roberto Iarussi: Even his name sounds like singing. His tenor can blaze, caress, thrill, enrapture. He is a singing actor who reveals with depth and finesse every aspect of the masculine experience. His sensibility is as at home in the grandeur of opera as in the bittersweet intimacy of Neapolitan song. No less is he a cross-over and pop interpreter who accords vernacular music the nuance and respect more frequently accorded only the classics.
As a very young man, Iarussi placed first in the prestigious Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, The Gerda Lissner Foundation competition and was the first recipient of the Andrea Bocelli Vocal Fellowship Award. He has sung internationally, earning kudos for Don José in Carmen and Calaf in Turandot, roles that require the daring of the matador, the endurance of the Navy Seal and a treasure chest of vocal resource.
Roberto Iarussi’s debut recording, entitled “I Believe” was recorded this year with the London Symphony Orchestra and produced, arranged and composed by multi-Grammy Award winning composer Jorge Calandrelli. This recording is a truly spectacular result of the convergence of talents of Roberto Iarussi and Maestro Calandrelli. Together with the London Symphony Orchestra, this collaboration redefines the essence of creativity and beauty within the cross-over genre.
Featured in this recording are new treatments of beloved songs, including romantic ballads, Neapolitan and French selections. Also featured are two powerful original songs co-written by Calandrelli, which fuse the classical and contemporary idioms in a way that maximizes their appeal to wide audiences. Jorge Calandrelli’s gorgeous arrangements strike just the right balance, and create an orchestral palate that enhances the strength and beauty of Roberto’s voice in each selection.