Jose Todaro, Tenor
Event: 10 Year Gala, Decade of Opera Favorites
By the age of 21, Jose Todaro was a sought-after tenor across Europe. But when France’s premier operetta composer, Francis Lopez, created Gypsy for him in 1970 at the Parisian ‘temple’ the Theatre du Châtelet, Todaro became a household name across Europe and Canada. The production’s success was immediate; a 6-month engagement became 6 1/2 years with over 600 sold-out performances.
The composer then wrote Volga for him, which ran for another year-and-a-half. After ten years attaining rock star status in France, the Paris Opera called and Todaro returned to his first love, grand opera. Even after an absence of nearly 10 years, the Sicilian tenor with “ the voice like sunshine” amassed a large repertoire of leading roles at the Paris Opera and other major European and South American theaters.
Todaro created the role of Angelo n Becaud’s L’Opera d’Aran. He has sung hundreds of performances of Rodolfo in La Boheme, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Jose in Carmen and the title role in Faust, among others.
Aside from opera, he has performed in theaters, arenas, and on his own television show: Jose Todaro Presente; owns his production company, Todarte; and has more than a dozen major recordings, He still tours and remains a revered artists in France.