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MARIO FRANGOULIS

By Vince Attard
Published April 26, 2006

Sometimes I Dream
Sony Classical

American opera fans take note: There’s a new tenor in town, and this one is audibly and cosmetically arresting. Through a set of Bocelli-esque pipes and Adonis-worthy features, Mario Frangoulis comes out of Athens with Sometimes I Dream, his first international record. A Greek tenor by trade, Frangoulis globalizes the work through a quadrilinguality of Greek, Italian, Spanish and English. All of these elements make for 58 minutes of some of the most passionate, romantic and hip-shaking opera music to hit the West. A zesty flow of musical drama concocted with rhythmic flair and modestly festive pop embody the best parts of the record. Two gems in this vein, “Luna Rossa” and “Vincero, Perdero,” seduce the listener into a sunny, hot, Mediterranean bliss. A cover of “Nights In White Satin” (originally by the Moody Blues) begins the second half of the record, and while vocally stunning and an interesting interpretation, it pales in comparison to the first five tracks, as does most of the rest of the album. However, there is enough here to raise your glass of Ouzo and welcome tenor Frangoulis.