“In the central role of Caruso was the tenor, Airam Hernandez, who successfully managed to capture the essence of the character; dressed in a white suit with a Panama hat, possessing a similar physique, and adopting the big gestures of a man of the stage, he could not be mistaken for anyone other than the great tenor.
Moreover, Hernandez’s sweet lyrical and expansive bel canto singing, aided by the beauty of his warm middle register, added to the portrayal. The love duet with Aida, in particular, was sensitively and beautifully rendered. For large parts of the performance, however, we watched on as Caruso is subjected to increasing emotional pressure, in which Hernanadez successfully shifted from a lyrical to a more psychologically intense and emotionally disturbed presentation, his voice becoming stretched and discordant, in a compelling portrait of a man whose emotional framework is on the point of collapse.”
Alan Neilson, OPERAWIRE
Airam Hernández has quickly become one of the most promising tenors of his generation. The uniqueness of his timbre and his highly developed musicality has given him a place of honor among the rising stars in the opera world ever since the recent start of his career.
Early in 2019 he sang the role of Enrico Caruso in the world premiere of Caruso a Cuba at De Nationale Opera of Amsterdam. He also made his successful American debut at the Dallas Opera singing Fenton from Falstaff, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Frizza.
Future engagements will lead him back to Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse to debut as Pollione from Norma; to Teatro La Fenice to sing Alfredo from La Traviata and Teatro Filarmonico de Verona for his long expected debut as Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore. He will also be back in USA covering the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte‘s production of the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. In 2020 he will also debut the role of Rodolfo from La Boheme at Opera de Menorca; and back in the leading role of Liszt’s Sardanapalo in Budapest, and as Alfredo from La Traviata in Lugano.
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