Schrott is a bass-baritone who has starred in many operas, but his Uruguayan roots mean he also has a deep love of tango, and in 2011 he recorded an album called Rojotango featuring the genre. He will share the music in his Omani debut, accompanied by the Rojotango Ensemble.
“Tango is branded into my soul. Tango has built up a space in my heart. Tango has the taste of life, and the flavour of death,” Schrott has said of the music which he grew up listening to.
The programme will include a number of pieces by the legendary tango composer Astor Piazzolla, as well as songs by a several other Latin American composers. Most of the songs will feature Schrott, including a couple of classics that the audience is sure to be familiar such as Besame Mucho and Quizas, Quizas, Quizas. There will be a couple of instrumental pieces performed by the Ensemble as well. “Erwin Schrott is an incredibly gifted singer with a rich, powerful voice and the Ensemble brings emotion and flair to their music. We know how popular tango is in Oman, so we are sure our patrons will love this concert,” said ROHM’s artistic director Umberto Fanni.
Schrott was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1972. He made his opera debut when he was 22 in Andrea Chénier. In 1998 he won first prize in the Plácido Domingo ‘Operalia’ Singing Competition, after which his career took off and he has sung in major opera houses around the world. In addition to his Rojotango album, he has also recorded an album called Arias, which features songs from some of the villains of opera.
Schrott and the Rojotango Ensemble will perform for one night only on January 18 at 7.30pm.