British magazine Opera Britannia began its 2015 reviews by looking back at what happened in world opera in 2014. The article published on January 1st, among others awards, focused its attention on the best male performer for the past year and the tenor Max Jota as the only singer in Italy has been awarded in good company with artists such as Kaufmann, Netrebko, Pappano, Calleja and Terfel. Another important reward for this artist that as we recently reported is a " tenor to closely follow"!
Best male performance
Sebastian Petit: Jonas Kaufmann as Werther, Des Grieux and the Young Man in Winterreise (yes, I know this is cheating but his ROH performance of Schubert’s shattering Journey Cycle contained more drama than many operatic portrayals)
Stephen Jay-Taylor: Vittorio Grigolo for Rodolfo and Nemorino at the ROH, continuing his ascent to Pavarotti-dom, whose sound he increasingly reminds me of, as well as his habit of bouncing off the Italian words: though happily not his appearance
Nicola Lischi: Tenor Max Jota in the title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Teatro Verdi, Pisa. Jota’s easy, attractive, evenly produced tenor dominated the role’s difficult tessitura with an iron-clad technique, while displaying every aspect of this multi-facted character.
Steve Silverman: David Butt Philip‘s gloriously-sung Rodolfo in the aforementioned ENO La bohème was a revelation. A beautiful, free-flowing tenor voice that is surely on the way to stardom.
Faye Courtney: Stuart Skelton‘s very moving Otello at ENO; an astonishing performance which remained undiminished by the drab and dreary production.
Fonte: Opera Britannia