Monday, June 23, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Paulo Szot

Artist:Paulo Szot
Song:Some Enchanted Evening
Album:Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific: The New Broadway Cast Recording

Paulo Szot is an internationally renowned baritone opera singer. He won a Tony Award for playing Emile De Becque in the 2008 Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific. But mostly he performs in theatrical operas. He was born July 7, 1969 in Brazil. His parents were Polish immigrants who moved to Brazil after WWII. Szot trained in classical piano and violin and then ballet. His hopes for a dance career were ended by a knee injury. But his teacher suggested Szot try singing. He studied at Jagiellonian in Poland and joined the Slask Song and Dance Ensemble. He sang for several opera companies in Brazil until he moved to the US in 2003 to work for the New York City Opera. Since then he has performed with opera companies worldwide. Obviously the producers of the 2008 Broadway revival spotted Szot performing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and cast him as Emile De Becque. It's a role that requires an opera singer but one that can act. That's why in the 1958 film, The producers hired Rosanno Brazzi but dubbed him with an opera singer. Szot has a lot of stage experience and so he was the right guy for playing the role on Broadway. The show ran for two years so it was very successful. And Szot won a Tony Award. He also performed in the 2011 London production of South Pacific. Szot has never recorded an album. Maybe he should. He regularly performs at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and has returned to Brazil for some performances. Here's Paulo Szot performing Some Enchanted Evening in South Pacific from the PBS show Live From Lincoln Center 2010.

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