The Other 3 Tenors
Since joining forces in 2001, the trio of Warren Moulton, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee, a.k.a. The Other 3 Tenors has been playing to capacity crowds in such venues as The Sierra Ballroom in Palm Desert, CA, The La Porte Civic Auditorium, Governors State University, The Sandwich Opera House, The Clubhouse Three Theater in Laguna Woods, CA, Beloit College, The Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, CA, The Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL, The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago’s Festa Pasta Vino, Taste of Melrose Park, IL, The Scherr Forum Theater in Thousand Oaks, CA and The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI. Combining theater shaking voices with side splitting humor, this trio creates a program like no other. “The 3 Tenors meet the 3 Stooges”, is the way one recent concertgoer put it. With their combined experience on the opera stage and concert platform as well as radio and television, this talented triumvirate takes you on a veritable musical tour of the world, with everything from operatic arias and musical theater standards to Korean folksongs, Viennese waltzes, French cabaret favorites, Spanish melodies, Irish ballads and Neapolitan love songs, with a Yiddish lullaby thrown in for good measure! Host Warren Moulton and fellow tenors Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee raise the rafters with beautiful harmonies and uproarious laughter. The Other 3 Tenors...an unforgettable evening of high notes and hijinks!
Chicago tenor, actor, comic, writer and raconteur Warren Moulton has left his mark on over 50 leading and character roles during the past two decades. Known for putting a light touch on the classics, Warren has performed in La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, The Desert Song, Babes in Toyland and others with such companies as Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Chamber Opera, Harbor Country Opera and Light Opera Works. This former nightclub comic and radio announcer has won rave reviews for his characterizations of such roles as Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Spalanzani in The Tales of Hoffmann, Dottore in the Chicago premiere of The Jewel Box and Sam Sharkey in the world stage premiere of Britten’s Paul Bunyan at Glimmerglass Opera in 1995. A veteran of over four hundred concert and recital performances, Warren has soloed with The Chicago Symphonic Pops, City Symphony of Chicago, West Suburban Symphony and Wheaton Symphony. This versatile artist has also hosted such Chicago area programs as the “Wednesday Opera” and “Classical Cabaret” series at the Chicago Cultural Center and the “Summer Opera” concert series in Grant Park.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland to Sicilian parents, Franco Martorana immigrated to the United States at an early age and settled in Chicago. Franco’s stage debut was as Camille in The Merry Widow for Chicago’s Lincoln Opera. While with Lincoln Opera, Franco journeyed to Germany with the company for performances of La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata. Following studies with Pavarotti’s teacher, Arrigo Pola, the young tenor enrolled at University of Oklahoma, where he worked with some the country’s top voice teachers and coaches. Franco then returned to Chicago and joined the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of the highlights of Franco’s tenure with Lyric happened in December of 1994 when he was chosen to sing the role of the Messenger in a production Verdi’s Aïda. In 1997, he performed the roles of Alfredo in La Traviata and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana for Zwei-Groschen-Oper in Humbach, Germany. In recent seasons, Franco has appeared in Bellissima Opera’s productions of La Traviata and Madama Butterfly and as Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street in Chamber Opera of Chicago’s Menotti Gala. This golden voiced tenor has also gained a well deserved reputation for his interpretations of Italian and Neapolitan songs.
Simon Kyung Lee
This former child actor starred in two major motion pictures in his native Korea before reaching the age of seven. Following vocal studies at Dong Eui University in his hometown of Busan, Simon migrated to the United States where he continued his education at Chicago’s Roosevelt University. During this time, Simon joined the ranks of the chorus of Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he shared the stage with many of opera’s leading talents. His solo debut came about during a 1994 production of La Bohème, when the tenor took over the role of Rodolfo for an indisposed artist. Since this unexpected debut, Simon has made a tremendous impression in such roles as Radames in Aïda, Manrico in Il Trovatore, The Duke in Rigoletto, Ismaele in Nabucco, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Don Jose in Carmen and, what is fast becoming his signature role, Calaf in Turandot. Simon has sung with Utah Festival Opera, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Opera Carolina, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Sunstate Opera and others. In April of 2007, Simon made his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. During the 2009/10 season, he debuted with Singapore Lyric Opera and recently returned from a national tour as Rodolfo in Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s production of La Bohème.