<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Joe Lykins:<BR><B>Nicole Marie just played the "three tenors" singing "Maria" from Bernstein's West Side Story. This raised a question in my mind: do Americans singing in Italian sound as retarded as these Italians singing in English? Sarah Brightman is suspect #1, but I don't know Italian. Perhaps someone who does can enlighten us all.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I couldn`t resist this, coz it`s all mixed up! Firstly, only Pavarotti among the 3 T`s is Italian - Domingo & Carreras are Spanish.<BR>Next up, it`s not that they are non-Americans that makes their more populist efforts in the art of song cringe-worthy, rather that many of their questionable selections were never intended for opera singers (they`ve even recorded Jingle Bells
). And don`t forget that the character Tony, who sings Maria in WSS, is a Latin American, so a clipped accent in this instance IS correct. Finally, Sarah Brightman is not one of your lot, she`s one of my lot - an English rose!