Tonight, January 18, the wonderful Mexican Tenor, Javier Camarena gave his farewell performance as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s masterpiece “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. After 10 years of performing this role, Javier Camarena gave his farewell and final performance in this role in the greatest Opera House of the word, the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York. In his Facebook account Javier Camarena shared us from his dressing room his video talkings about his feelings about performing Count Almaviva for the last time…. and he talked about so many things, he talked that it was his last performance ever, after 10 years of perfoming this difficult role, he was saying goodbye to this role and in his videos, Javier explained about the huge technical difficulties of singing Rossini, specially, the role of Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”.
He also shared his memories of his many performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia in different Opera Houses around thr world…. he remembered his colleagues from many past performances like Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ruggero Raimondi, Alessandro Corbelli, Samuel Ramey, Elina Garanca, Diana Damrau, Peter Mattei and beloved John del Carlo who passed way last year.
All my respects for Javier Camarena and all wonderful Bel Canto Opera singers who sing these very difficult roles that requiere many difficult techniques to sing in the marvelous, beautiful, exquisite but, also difficult roles of Bel canto Opera.
Singing this role indeed, requires difficult vocal technique and it is an honor that you gave your final performance of this role in the greatest Opera House… the Met.
Listening to Javier Camarena as Almaviva in the live radio broadcast from the Met of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, on last January 9 was a huge privilege for me.
Thank you, Gracias Javier Camarena for giving us so many joys with your many wonderful performances as Almaviva!
Thank you, Gracias for your Almaviva, Javier Camarena!