I discovered this artist, oddly enough, on the Eurovision Song ...2011
where he was representing France with a song called 'Songu' (Dream). After initially thinking, "Why is a tenor stuck in the centre of Europe's annual cheese fest?" I listened to the song and immediately fell in love with Amaury Vassili's outstanding voice. I couldn't help thinking how elegant it was, and how remarkable it was that someone just a few years older than me could have such a perfected tenor voice.
Being a fan of classical music I immediately looked for more from this singer and I was not disappointed. Vassili is one of those brilliant examples of a tenor where when a song reaches its peak, and he hits that high note we all love and adore tenors for, it is always pitch perfect and he carries it strongly. All too often with modern operatic singers - or "popera singers" - is that their high notes can feel forced and detached from the rest of their song. Vassili's voice is nothing like that, it is consistent.
The consistency of his voice is made all the more enjoyable not just by the fact that it is quite rare to see a 21-year-old have that level of control so early on but by the fact that the songs on this album are by no means easy. Being a French tenor hailing from Normandy the hardest songs for him are probably the ones in English, yet he faces them head on. Interestingly enough the concluding song to this album is an English song; the ultimate bunny-boiler essential vocal/classical English song "Hallelujah". While most artists opt to only sing three minutes or so of the song, Amaury manages the whole six minutes and not once did I think about how much Leonard Cohen's lyrics go on a bit. If you're anything like me, you'll smile when you listen to it.
Great voice, great buy!