Sicilian Tenors blend classical training and 1950s style

The Sicilian Tenors will host a performance at the Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. March 1.

The tenor trio that sold out at Carnegie Hall – comprised of Sam Vitale, Elio Scaccio and Aaron Caruso – will perform classics such as “Be My Love,” “O Sole Mio” and “Music of the Night,” backed by a live band. The show prides itself on “blending the power of the three tenors with the comedy of the Rat Pack.”

Vitale is a classically-trained tenor who has held lead tenor roles in “Tosca,” “L’Elishir d’Amore,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Don Giovanni,” which was performed in Italy, among others.

Scaccio has been singing for his whole life. His pop-classical debut album, “Lettere D’Amore,” was released in the spring of 2010, and contained original compositions as well as Italian classics.

A Spanish version of the album was later released.

Caruso studied opera in Italy as well as New York, and has performed “La Boheme,” Mozart’s “Bastien unde bastinade,” and operatic concerts with excerpts from: “La Traviata,” “I Pagliacci,” and “Tosca.” Caruso recently was chosen to sing the role of Mario Lanza on Broadway.

Caruso met Vitale when the two were in college and singing in the choir together. The pair then met Scaccio at an Italian charitable organization in Baltimore, Md.

“Both Sam, and I, and Elio were heavily influenced by Mario Lanza,” Caruso said in a phone interview with the Sun-Gazette.

The trio looked up to Lanza as one of the big Hollywood stars of the s, and were captivated by how Lanza was still a regular guy at the same time.

After performing together in 2009, all three decided to form a full time singing group.

“Once you get to the top of the hill, it becomes much easier, much more fulfilling,” Caruso said of achieving dreams and getting to the place he is now.

Caruso said that “At the end of the day, what we do is an energy exchange,” describing the live, pumping synergy felt through the live show.

Caruso always dedicates a song to veterans, as fellow member Vitale was part of Operation Desert Storm and has two children involved in the armed forces.

“We are born here on the soil, we are all American,” Caruso said.

Alongside the Tenors, Caruso has a thriving solo career, but enjoys touring full time with Vitale and Scaccio.

To Caruso, music is a blessing, and he considers himself very lucky to be able to make a living touring the country with his friends.

“I think of music as a gift, and this is something I personally will hold above me,” he said. “It brings people together.”

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