Alexander Kariotis and The Rock Opera Orchestra

Alexander Kariotis and The Rock Opera Orchestra

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Biography

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"Amazing!" "Innovative!" "Stunning!" "Astounding!"

The press has spoken!

In concert after concert, The Rock Opera Orchestra has been wowing audiences of all ages and receiving standing ovations. As you are no doubt aware, the popularity of "classical crossover" is skyrocketing, but Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra redefines the genre.

For the first time, you have a rock and roll singer/songwriter who has been classically trained in Opera by Arrigo Pola (Luciano Pavarotti's voice teacher, Modena, Italy), Gianni Raimondi (La Scala, Italy), Dan Marek (Mannes Conservatory, Metropolitan Opera), John Wustman and Nico Castel(Metropolitan Opera), to name a few.

Alexander Kariotis has performed internationally as a leading tenor in various operas, symphony concerts and Broadway tours, both here and in Europe.

Lyrics

NESSUN DORMA

Written By: Puccini/ Kariotis

Words/music (Opera sections): Giacomo Puccini
Words/music (Rock sections): Alexander Kariotis

If you stay awake here for hours
Alone and cold in your room
I wonder can you feel my power
In stars and the glowing moon

As you tremble thinking about me
And love takes hold of your heart
Run, hide and try to deny it girl
You’ll see that this is just a start

All I want is wasting away
Caught between lies and a sly refrain
Well this time it’s goin’ my way
Why not tonight

Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me (But my mystery is locked within me)
Il nome mio nessun sapra no, no (My name no one shall know, no, no)
Sulla tua bocca lo diro (On your mouth shall I say it)
Quando la luce splendera (When daylight will shine)

There you go again
My kiss will undo your silence
And time
Time keeps moving along oh
Disappear and the night reveals the dawn
I’ll keep waitin’, prayin’, why, Yeah.

Il nome suo nessun sapra (No one will know the name)
E noi dovrem ahime morir, morir (And we’ll die for this secret)

Dilegua, o notte (Fade away, oh night)
Tramontate, stelle (Go down, stars!)
Tramontate, stelle (Go down, stars!)
All’ alba vincero! (At dawn, I shall win!)

Vincero (I shall win)

VESTI LA GIUBBA

Written By: Leoncavallo/Kariotis

Words/music (Opera sections): Giacomo Puccini
Words/music (Rock sections): Alexander Kariotis

Recitar (to act)
Mentre preso dal delirio (while gripped by frenzy)
Non so più quel che dico (I no longer know)
E quel che faccio! (What I’m saying or doing!)

Eppure...è d’uopo...sforzati! (And yet...I must...force)
Bah, sei tu forse un uom? (Bah are you a man?)
Tu sei Pagliaccio! (You’re a clown!)
Tu sei Pagliaccio! (You're a clown!)
Tu sei.. (You're a...)

I found your photograph
Your lover’s sweat had stained the borders
You acted glib again, well
You know I figured out you lied

Hide the tears with the powder
Hide the scars with the costume you wear
Change the fool into fodder
They’re waiting there . . . Begin

Ridi Pagliaccio (laugh clown)
sul tuo amor infranto (at your love)
Ridi Pagliaccio (laugh clown)

I love you
Oh, but you know I always do

Tell me who he was
Or don’t you even know his name
I know he’s not the first
Or don’t you think that I have eyes . . . those eyes

You’re so young and vivacious
I’ll smack that smirk off your face on a whim
Play the fool for the people
It’s who I’m . . . Begin

Hide the tears with the powder
Hide the scars with the costume you wear
Change the fool into fodder
They’re waiting there . . . Begin

Ridi Pagliaccio (laugh clown)
sul tuo amor infranto (at your love)
Ridi del duol Che t’avvelena il cor!




LENNON IN HEAVEN

Written By: Alexander Kariotis

LENNON IN HEAVEN
Words/Music: Alexander Kariotis
© Alexander Kariotis Music

Io voglio sapere (I want to know)
Che succede in cielo (what’s up in Heaven)
Io voglio sapere (I want to know)
chi e discende in inferno (who is down in Hell)
Amen

If He’s right then life goes on and on
It gives me time to fix all things gone wrong

So wrap me up in a shroud
So I can fly away
Alone I’ll dance in the clouds
They’ll see me come around

(Chorus)
I wanna know what’s up in Heaven
I wanna know who’s down in Hell
I wanna play with Lennon in Heaven
Wanna leave behind this mortal shell

I read each night Matthew, Mark and Kings
To see what’s up and who is running things
If all we know’s coming true
Then why am I afraid
I’ve seen how it ends for us all
The pride we lose with pain

(Chorus)
I wanna know what’s up in Heaven
I wanna know who’s down in Hell
I wanna play with Lennon in Heaven
Wanna play that song we both know well

OH
I wanna play in Heaven
OH

Time’s run out no one left to blame
I see the light
Hope He’s glad that I came
I hope He’s glad

(Chorus)
I wanna know what’s up in Heaven
I wanna know who’s down in Hell
I wanna play with Lennon in Heaven
Wanna leave behind this mortal shell

PIETA SIGNORE

Written By: Stradella/Kariotis

Words/Music
Pop sections: Alexander kariotis
Opera sections: Alessandro Stradella

Pietà, Signore,
Have mercy, Lord,
Di me dolente!
On me in my remorse!
Signor, pietà, pietà
Lord, have mercy
Yeah

I am here
Bow my head
Hangin’on
By a thread
Full of lies
No surprise
Givin’ up.
No
Gonna try
What’s the plan
To save this man
Who wants to die
Again

Volgi i tuoi sguardi
Look down
Sopra di me,
On me
Oh, down on me

Yeah . . .

Meno severi,
Less harshly,
Clementi ognora,
Always mercifully,
Sia dannato
Be condemned to hell
Nel fuoco eterno
In the eternal fire
Dal tuo rigor.
By your severity

Why should you fight this all alone?
Well sometimes it’s easier
You will do better if you survive
Yeah I know yeah I know
I will hold on to all that’s my own
I won’t give in to the petty lives
Tryin’ to keep me from being alive
‘cause then you’re gone!

Pietà, Signore,
Have mercy, Lord,
Di me dolente!
On me in my remorse!
Signor, pietà, pietà
Lord, have mercy

Meno severi,
Less harshly,
Clementi ognora,
Always mercifully,
Sia dannato
Be condemned to hell
Nel fuoco eterno
In the eternal fire
Dal tuo rigor.
By your severity

Oh Yeah!

LUCKY IN LOVE

Written By: Alexander Kariotis/Tony Kariotis

LUCKY IN LOVE
Words/Music: Alexander Kariotis
© Alexander Kariotis Music

Ouando insieme (When were together)
Noi viviamo in ciel (I live as if in heaven)
Il songno d’amor completa (The dream of love is complete)
Si care a me (And you are precious to me)
Sempre la fiamma nell’anima (Always the flame of love)
Ispirato dal tuo amor’ (I was inspired by your love)
Amore (Love)

(Chorus)
Like an eagle
Soarin’
There’s nothing I can not do
As long as I am here with you
And while were through explorin’
I guess when push comes to shove
I’d say that we just got lucky in love

When we’re together
The sun it always shines
Wending up to heaven
Transcendently entwined

Dicami che rimarrete (Tell me that you’ll)
Per sempre con me (always stay with me)
Con me (with me)

(Chorus)

RONDINE AL NIDO

Written By: Di Crescenzo/Kariotis

Words/Music: VINCENZO DI CRESCENZO
Arrangement: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

Sotto la gronda
(A friendly swallow)
Della torre antica
(Has returned to its nest)
Una rondine amica
(Under the eaves to rest)
Allo sbocciar del
(As the almond tree blossoms)
Mandorlo é tornata.
(Near the tower)

Ritorna tutti gli anni
(For every year it flies back)
Sempre alla stessa data
(At the same day and hour)
Monti e mare
(To return it soars over)
Essa varca per tornar.
(The hills and the seas)
Solo amore
(‘Tis only love)
Quando fugge e va lontano
(When oft it takes flight far away)
Speri in vano
(You pray in vain)

E non torna piú.
(It returns no more
Speri in vano
(You pray in vain)
E non torna piu
(It returns no more)


Nella penombra
(In the soft twilight)
Dolce della sera
(Of the gentle evening)
Passa la primavera.
(Springtime is slowly waning)
Cinguettano le
(The swallows chatter)
Rondini nel volo,
(In their flights so lovely)


Ebbre di luce e d'aria.
(They own a world so happy)
Ed io son triste e solo;
(But I am sad and lonely)
Monti e mare tu non varchi
(Now over hills and seas you soar)
Per tornar.
(To come to me)
Mia piccina
(My own darling)
Fosti tutta la mia vita
(You were my whole heart and my light)
Sei fuggita
(You’ve taken flight)
E non torni piú.
(To return no more)

Solo amore Solo
(‘Tis only love)
Quando fugge e va lontano Solo . . . Lontano
(When oft it takes flight far away)
Speri in vano Ah
(You pray in vain)
E non torna piu Piu
(It returns no more)

Sei fuggita Solo
(You’ve taken fligh)t
E non torna piu
(To return no more!)

NON T'AMO PIU

Written By: Tosti/Kariotis

Francesco Paolo Tosti: Words/Music
Alexander Kariotis: Arrangement

Ricordi anchor il di che c’incontrammo
Do you still remember the day we met?
Le tue promesse le ricordi ancor
Do you remember the promises you made

Folle d’amore io te seguii ci amammo
I followed you while we loved each other
E accanto a te sognai
Whenever I am near you
Folle d’amor
I change madly

Sognai felice di carezze a baci
I’ve dreamed happily of caresses and kisses
Una catena dileguante in ciel
A chain reaches the heavens with our love
Ma le parole tue faron mendaci
But your words were lies
Perche l’anima tua fatta e di gel
Because your soul is made of ice

Te ne ricordi ancor
Do you remember?
Te ne ricordi ancor
Do you remember?

Or la mia fede il desiderio immense
My faith is the desire
Il mio sogno d’amor non sei piu tu
My dreams are not of you

I tuoi baci non cerco a te non penso
Your kisses do not mean a thing
Sogno un altro ideal
I dream of another ideal

Non t’amo piu
I don’t love you anymore
Non t’amo piu
I don’t love you anymore!

Nei cari giorni che passamo insieme
The dear days that we spent together
Io cosparsi di fiori il tuo sentir
I spread flowers along your path

Tu fosti del mio cor l’unica speme
You are the one hope of my heart
Tu della mente l’unica pensier
Your kiss is the only thought on my mind


Tu m’hai visto pregare. Impallidire
You have seen me pray. Turn pale
Piangere tu m’hai visto innanzi a te
You have seen me cry

Io sol per appagare un tuo desire
To fulfill the desire of you
Avrei dato il mio sangue
I would have given

E la mia fe
My blood and my faith

Te ne ricordi ancor
Do you still remember?

Te ne ricordi ancor?
Do you still remember?

Or la mia fede, il desiderio immense
My faith and desire
Il mio sogno d'amor non sei più tu
My dream is not of you

I tuoi baci non cerco a te non penso
Your kisses do not mean a thing
Sogno un altro ideal
I dream of another ideal

Non t’amo piu
I don’t love you anymore
Non t’amo piu
I don’t love you anymore!

I don’t love you anymore!

Discography

A PARTIAL LIST OF VENUES WHERE ALEXANDER KARIOTIS HAS PERFORMED

Avery Fisher Hall
New York City

Berlin Philharmonic Hall
Berlin, Germany

Royal Alexander Theater
Toronto, Canada

Dupont Theater
Wilmington, Delaware

Proctors Theatre
Schenectady, New York

The Zipper Theatre
New York City

Piedmont Opera
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Evanston, Illinois

Konzertsaal
Berlin, Germany

Puccini Hall
Milan, Italy

The Roxy
Los Angeles, California

Northlight Theater
Skokie, Illinois

Live Radio Brandenburgh
Berlin, Germany

Royce Hall
Los Angeles, California

Chautauqua Symphony Hall
Chautauqua, New York

Chautauqua Opera
Chautauqua, New York

Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago, Illinois

Gulf Coast Opera
Biloxi, Mississippi

The Laurie Beechman Theatre
New York City

The Paramount Theater
New York

The Belt Theater
New York City

The Victory Theater
Los Angeles, California

Schoenberg Concert Hall
Los Angeles, California

Jan Popper Hall
Los Angeles, California

Downers Grove Symphony
Chicago, Illinois

Pompton Lakes Theater
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

12 Miles West Theater
Bloomfield, New Jersey

Burgdorff Cultural Center
Maplewood, New Jersey

Freud Playhouse
Los Angeles, California

Regenstein Hall
Evanston, Illinois

Lutkin Hall
Evanston, Illinois

Watchung Performing Arts Center
Watchung, New Jersey

Chicago Arts Center
Chicago, Illinois

Bundesgartenschau
Berlin, Germany

Jesus Christus Kirche
Berlin, Germany

Set List

ALEXANDER KARIOTIS
and the
ROCK OPERA ORCHESTRA

CONCERT PLAY LIST

1. NESSUN DORMA
From the opera: TURANDOT
Words/Music (Opera sections): GIACOMO PUCCINI
Words/Music (Rock sections): ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

2. LUCKY IN LOVE
Words Italian & English/Music:
ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

3. LENNON IN HEAVEN
Words/Music: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

4. Le REVE
From the opera: MANON
Words/Music: JULES MASSENET
Arrangement: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

5. TELL THE WORLD
Words/Music: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

6. NON T’AMO PIÚ
Words/Music: FRANCESCO PAOLO TOSTI
Arrangement: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

7. HOME
Words/Music: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

8. PIETÀ SIGNORE!
Words/Music (Italian sections):
ALESSANDRO STRADELLA
Words/Music/Arrangement (English sections): ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

9. BECAUSE OF YOU
Words/Music: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

10. RONDINE AL NIDO
Words/Music: VINCENZO DE CRESCENZO
Arrangement: ALEXANDER KARIOTIS

11. VESTI LA GIUBBA
From the opera: I PAGLIACCI
Words/Music (Opera sections):
R