Student jumps in for sick Philly tenor

Student jumps in for sick Philly tenor


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2023

When Opera Philadelphia lost a solo tenor in Carmina Burana, someone called the Curtis Institute.

Within an hour, student tenor Joseph Tancredi was belting it out with the best of them.

Lina González-Granados conducted.


  • Carolyn Morton says:

    Deja vu there! Remember when Thomas Allen collapsed in the middle of Carmina in a Prom and a student rushed backstage and saved the day?

  • frank says:

    Heard Mr. Tancredi in Curtis’s Barber of Seville a few years back. Most impressive.


    Young Mr. Tancredi is a terrifically gifted artist. Good for him!

  • Herr Doktor says:

    I went onto YouTube to hear him sing – he has a really nice voice! Maybe there’s a bit too much vibrato for my taste, but for sure, he has talent. He seems worth watching…

  • Bob Jeral says:

    I was there. Mr. Tancredi looked quite nervous sitting on stage awaiting the tenor solo; but he pulled off a well roasted swan. The baritone, Ethan Vincent, stole the show.

  • Peter Geall says:

    This happened at The BBC Proms a good few years ago now. Same piece, but the sub singer was a member of the audience!

  • Phila says:

    The conductor got lost! She is terrible! Didn’t learn anything from Yannick! Orchestra sounded like the band at the Rittenhouse Square! Very out of tune

  • Paul Mauffray says:

    I just heard him in the Met auditions in New Orleans last month and he was fantastic. Congratulations!

  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    In Rossini’s opera TANCREDI there is a good tenor role… but he’s not the title character.

  • Singeril says:

    Doesn’t the scheduled tenor have a name?