Parlando: The COC Blog


Ramón Vargas – The Music

Tenor Ramón Vargas has built a fantastic reputation during his 30-year career. He's impressed audiences worldwide at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera, just to mention a few, and has become one of the most sought after tenors in the world. He draws impressive audiences wherever he goes, and his role debut of Manrico at the COC promises to be no different. To celebrate his talent, here are five videos featuring Vargas at his best, from tormented to tender; tragic to beautiful.

Di quella pira – Only one of the most famous pieces found in Il Trovatore! Listen to Vargas's recording of this famous tenor aria for his album, Verdi Arias before you hear him sing it live at the Four Seasons Centre. Listen to the video below of Vargas singing the aria with soprano Annegher Stumphius.

St. Sulpice Scene – Renée Fleming and Ramón Vargas perform this tender scene from Massenet's Manon. In his performance as Le Chevalier des Grieux, Vargas is able to articulate the complex emotions of his character, resulting in a triumphant duet with Fleming. Performed at the Met Opening Night Gala in 2008.

La danzaVargas makes this Rossini piece look almost easy as his voice joyfully dances along with the orchestra in this 2007 Opera Gala performance at the Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden.

Che gelida manina – Ramón Vargas and Angela Gheorghiu circle each other as the lovers Mimi and Rodolfo in this video from the Metropolitan Opera in 2008. Notice how Vargas's Rodolfo transitions from mere flirting with Mimi, to complete infatuation as he falls under her spell. 

Kuda, kuda vy udalilis – Also known as "Lensky's aria," Vargas performs as the bewildered and hurt Lensky in Eugene Onegin, a man who is confused by a malicious joke played on him by his best friend Onegin. Vargas plays the tortured poet with such fierce devotion and pride that it's hard not to have your heart break alongside his.

For more information about Vargas, read our Artist Basics post, Joseph So's interview from La Scena Musicale, Glenn Sumi's interview in NOW Magazine and Jon Kaplan's piece about Il Trovatore's Star Quartet.

You can see Ramón Vargas perform the role of Manrico in Verdi's Il Trovatore until October 25 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased online at or on the phone (416) 363-8231. 

Photo: Ramón Vargas as Faust in the 2006 Metropolitan Opera production. Photo Credit:

Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in 2012/2013 / comments (1) / permalink

Robert Paquette (10/10/2012 12:24:00 AM)
I was there Friday evening, Oct 5th. I had heard so much about how the opening was magnificent and I was looking forward to a great evening. Unfortunately, Braun was not in good voice and it often seemed to get stuck in his throat. Vargas was, for the most part, impressive though he also did not seem to be having his best night. As for the female leads, they were wonderful. I loved the production too. The night before, I had been to the opening of Fledermaus and was so deeply disappointed. Trovatore made it all worth the trip to Toronto.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



Subscribe to the COC e-mail newsletter.
Contact Tanner
Have a question? Want to share a link? Submit a comment!