In 1988, when Alagna was only 24 years old, the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti suggested he should enter the contest he himself had founded. Alagna went on to win it. Then two years later the music director of the Milan Opera called upon him to play one of his most emblematic roles, that of Alfredo (La traviata), which he has now sung more than 150 times. His magnificent timbre and forceful interpretations opened the doors of an international career which has since taken him to the world's leading opera houses in cities such as New York, London and Paris.
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