CULTURE

Tenor to tenor: a homage

A Greek tenor is to pay homage to a legendary colleague at the Herod Atticus Theater this week. Mario Frangoulis, the prominent Greek singer with a world-famous career, is taking over the ancient theater for an evening of «Passione: A Tribute to Mario Lanza» this Friday. The concert will feature a series of Neapolitan tunes. Silver screen Lanza, the popular American tenor and Hollywood star whose career reached great heights in the 1950s, died at the age of 39. Frangoulis is poised to interpret the late tenor on the silver screen and in view of this, Lanza’s family has authorized the Greek tenor to interpret his entire repertoire. Accompanying Frangoulis on the Herod Atticus stage will be the 80-member Ossipov Russian Folk Orchestra (complete with balalaikas), along with noted American soprano Kallen Esperian and rising young tenor Giorgos Misailidis. For tickets, Hellenic Festival box office, 39 Panepistimiou. The concert starts at 8.30 p.m.