The Tenor in the Shower

Woody Allen’s latest movie is no Annie Hall or Hannah and Her Sisters, but To Rome With Love is good fun. The scenery alone is worth the price of admission.

There’s the usual overwrought romantic mismatches, and everyone seems to be wealthy. Woody’s tourists don’t stay with the nuns on the Piazza St. Lucia like some I could name.

There seem to be three stories in this picture. One is especially delightful. A mortician with a mouthy communist son has in fact a wonderful tenor voice. In the shower — only in the shower. Dressed and dry he’s a stage frightened wreck. But run that water and oh, my. See what I mean in this clip.

The tenor in the shower is Fabio Armiliato, a divo too long absent from the states. I’m told he and the IRS have a few disagreements. Never mind.  In Europe he has plenty of work, often with his wife soprano Daniela Dessi. And he keeps his clothes on — usually.

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