Saturday, February 20, 2010
Francesco Demuro Makes La Scala Debut
Francesco Demuro, the Sunday/Friday Alfredo in our recent production of La Traviata, recently made an unplanned La Scala debut.
The Italian tenor was at his home in Lucca on Friday, February 5, when he received a call from his agent asking how he felt about making his La Scala debut as the Duke of Mantua...in about four hours! He was scheduled to make his company debut in October 2010 as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, but someone was needed to replace tenor Stefano Secco in Rigoletto that night. "And without even thinking for a moment," Demuro said, "I told him 'Yes!'" Demuro immediately left for Milan, arriving at the theater about 10 minutes after the performance began. He had mere moments to get staging and musical notes before going onstage.
"I wanted to show the world 'I am here,'" Demuro said, calling his debut "un grande successo!" And making his debut at La Scala in this role - a house where so many of the world's great tenors have performed - was extremely meaningful for him. Afterward, Demuro reflected on his amazing journey thus far - from singing folk songs in town squares in his native Sardinia to performing onstage at one of the world's greatest opera houses: "from the stables to the stars," he said.
Photo: Francesco Demuro as Alfredo in La Traviata, 2009. © Rozarii Lynch