Italian tenor Alessandro Safina

Italian Tenor Alessandro Safina Announces US Tour in April Featuring Victor Espinola and Forbidden Saints


NEW YORK — One of the opera world’s hottest stars, Italian Tenor Alessandro Safina, has announced his upcoming US tour, accompanied by Victor Espinola and the renowned Forbidden Saints. The tour will visit California, New York and Florida. In California, the group will play two dates, San Jose’s City National Civic on April 4 and Los Angeles’s Dolby Theatre on April 7; New York’s Beacon Theater on April 9 and Miami’s Fillmore on April 11.

A household name in Italy and performing in venues around the world, Safinia’s goal is to create a soulful pop-opera genre that appeals to a variety of audiences.

“My dream is to meld these two musical genres in a way that appeals to the mainstream, so everyone can enjoy the music I love so much,” he said.

Safina appeared with Elton John, Cher and Jennifer Lopez for Queen Elizabeth’s 73rd Royal Variety Performance.

He has performed for the pope, sang duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Rod Stewart and has a large celebrity following.

Safina has several albums to his credit as well as feature films and television appearances. He tours globally but enjoys returning to his hometown of Sienna, Italy. A child prodigy who listened to classical music at home and was influenced by his parents’ love of opera, he later developed an appreciation of pop stars. He has since combined his two favorite genres for “popera.”

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The tour will feature Victor Espinola and the Forbidden Saints who will perform a selection of their hits in addition to accompanying Safina. Espinola is a master of the Paraguayan harp. His unique skill led him to join the noted Greek musician Yanni on seven world tour. He also appeared as a resident solo artist at Walt Disney World, where he brought his sound to visitors from around the world.

His band, the Forbidden Saints, has toured the world and performed with master artists including Yanni, Shakira and Wyclef Jean, among others.

Espinola will be featured on guitar and vocals, joined by Armen Movsessian on violin, Alexander Zhiroff on cello, Archie Pena on drums, Hova Buryan on bass, Paul Hoyle on keyboards, Fito Espinola and Reinel Rios on guitar, Ramon Flores on trumpet, Kamo Seyranyan on duduk, Walter Rodriguez on percussion and Irina Makarova on vocals.

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