Italian tenor Carlo Vutera takes a break from his operatic career to explore the similarities between the romantic traditions of his homeland Italy and his beloved Cuba. Having traveled to Cuba to study and subsequently settling there in 1997, Vutera headlined in several operas with the national opera in Havana. During his time there he developed a taste for Cuba's sensitive, romantic bolero tradition, a passion that he brought with him upon relocating to New York. His debut album, Mi Amor: Boleros Napoletanos, is an effort to respect and present the beauty of the two cultures that he loves. In an effort to arrange some of his favorite Neapolitan love songs as Cuban boleros, Vutera called upon the expertise of some of New York's finest Cuban musicians. The usual suspects include percussionist Dafnis Prieto, arranger/producer Descemer Bueno, saxophonist Yosvanny Terry, and pianist Roberto Carcassas, among others. Vutera's stylistic interpretation is impeccable, and the timbre of his voice is delicious. With sultry string arrangements, rich, tasteful vocal performances, and excellent song selections, Mi Amor is a romantic, steamy listen. Light the candles, pour the wine, and enjoy.
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AllMusic Review by Evan C. Gutierrez