V0380. RAMÓN VARGAS: Arie Antiche - Songs of the 17th and 18th centuries by Caccini, Carissimi, Scarlatti, Lotti, Caldara, Bononcini, Marcello, Vinci and Ciampi, etc. RCA 63913, recorded 2002, incl. 15 pp Booklet w.texts. Long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy! - 090266391325
“Ramón Vargas is one of the leading tenors of our time and one of the most sought-after worldwide.
After winning the Carlo Morelli National Vocal Competition in 1982, he made his debut in Haydn's LO SPEZIALE, in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1983, mexican conductor Eduardo Mata gave him his first important role as Fenton in Verdi's FALSTAFF, and in 1984 as Don Ottavio in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI. In 1990, he decided to become a freelancer and went on to play increasingly important roles in major opera houses and festivals worldwide. It was then when he met renowned musicologist and teacher Rodolfo Celletti, in Milan, under whose guidance he has studied for his new roles.
In 1992, the Metropolitan Opera invited Vargas to play Edgardo in LUCIA, opposite June Anderson, substituting Luciano Pavarotti; this was his first appearance in the United States. He took part in several productions there, particularly in the creation of Ronnefeld's DIE NACHTAUSGABE. In 1988, he signed his first contract as member of the Lucerne Opera company, in Switzerland. In the following two seasons he performed many leading roles. Another decisive debut took place in 1993, at La Scala where he portrayed Fenton in Strehler's new production celebrating the centenary of FALSTAFF, under Riccardo Muti. Vargas returned to the MET for the opening of the 1994-1995 season, as the Duke of Mantua in RIGOLETTO.
In addition to his operatic appearances, he is an accomplished concert singer, with an extensive repertoire ranging from Italian classical songs to romantic German Lieder and by French, Spanish and Mexican composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1998, he offered a memorable recital at La Scala, and his rendition of Mexican popular songs has been acclaimed at massive concerts in Mexico and Europe .”