Dominic Natoli promised: As an encore he sang, with the shining Belcanto shimmer
of his beautiful tenor, the world famous “O sole mio” and in the Theatre the sun
The singer who is celebrated with standing ovations as Alvaro in La forza del destino
gave a recital on Sunday evening on the theme of LOVE in a program of Italian love
songs. For the programme he selected exclusively Italian Lovesongs. And the “Australian
born Italian heritage” singer sang these songs in the original language.
Songs by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioacchino Rossini, rang through the
first half. Songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti in the second half. Natoli narrated the
evening providing précis’ of the songs as he spoke in a relaxed and amusing manner
about the composers, about himself with anecdotes drawn from his own performance
Some of the songs were premiere performances for Germany, namely Donizetti’s Lament
for the death of Bellini and Tosti’s Malinconia.
The overwhelming melancholic songs told of desire, unrequited love, abandonment.
Natoli conveyed the emotions of these songs through his voice which is guided by
an old school Italian vocal technique. His voluminous tenor has a glorious middle
which moves into effortless shining top notes where he leads forte passages seamlessly
into “subito piano”.
It was a delight to allow oneself to be enchanted by singing of the highest level.
Natoli found in solo repetiteur Andres Reukauf an excellent, very sensitive accompanist.
The audience was totally enthusiastic.
“Dominic Natoli presented a well conceived and thought through program of broad appeal
featuring songs from bel canto, melting Tosti melodies, and Neapolitan hits, narrated
with charm and assisted by back projected images depicting atmospheric scenes in
keeping with the sentiments of the songs, all of which created an intimate and cosy
setting. His impressive and beautiful operatic tenor voice sustained the whole program
including three encores, on top of this he has great enthusiasm for these songs which
comes across in the way he sings them. His authentic sounding and pure tenor voice
is easily large enough to fill a venue many times larger and such an entertaining
and “public-friendly” program should fill any hall.”