Roberto Iarussi is a classically trained singer whose extraordinary vocal talent, and musical sensibilities enable him to perform across a wide variety of musical genres. Though recognized as an Opera Singer, the second generation Italo American found his inspiration from great singers of many different musical styles, most notably Barbra Streisand, to whom Iarussi dedicates his recently completed milestone recording, entitled ‘I BELIEVE’ which was recorded with London Symphony Orchestra.
The recording is a truly spectacular result of the convergence of talents of Roberto Iarussi and multi Grammy award winning arranger Jorge Calandrelli. Together with the London Symphony Orchestra, this collaboration redefines the essence of creativity and beauty within the cross-over genre.
The project features both new arrangements of cover material and original selections written by Jorge Calandrelli in collaboration with other celebrated artists such as song writer/producer Walter Afanasieff, (who among other credits received a Grammy Award in the Record of the Year category for producing “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, and the 2000 Grammy Award for Non-Classical Producer of the Year), Claudia Brant, Jorgen Elofsson and Marco Marinangeli.
One track, the popular jazz standard ‘I Wish you Love’ is sung in the songs original French language and features the playing of celebrated Trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. Iarussi’s vocals were mixed by engineer Eric Schilling.
The title track ‘I Believe’ was purposely chosen as a testament to Iarussi’s belief that all people can succeed despite seemingly insurmountable adversity, and it is his hope that his music and story will inspire and encourage those who hear it.
About Roberto Iarussi
At a young age, he placed first in the prestigious Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition and The Gerda Lissner Foundation competition. He was the first to receive the Andrea Bocelli Vocal Fellowship Award and has sung internationally, leading tenor roles of the Italian and French repertoire, such as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, and Cavardossi in Puccini’s Tosca. His performances have drawn praise from such luminaries as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli with acclaim from distinguished publications, such as the Opera News and The New York Sun.
“Iarussi is a star in the opera world, he has been recognized by opera aficionados for possessing a voice of outstanding beauty and extraordinary range and power… At a gala birthday celebration for Luciano Pavarotti, Iarussi’s voice brought Pavarotti to tears and an audience of 3,500 to their feet with his stirring rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’,” raved the Connecticut Post-Chronicle.
A humanitarian that advocates for children, animal and human rights causes, Iarussi has sung numerous benefit events, raising money for the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and The Knights of Columbus. An avid supporter of the U.S. military and son of a United States veteran, the tenor has received accolades of from General David Petraeus and Admiral Mike Muller for his performances for military personnel and their families; as well as for the USO.
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