Macomb County native Aaron Caruso has waited 30 years to do a show like the one he will appear on PBS Thursday night.
Caruso is one-third of the Sicilian Tenors trio, whose special concert is scheduled for or 9 p.m. on WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit Public Television.
âIt’s a dream come true,â Caruso said
The PBS special shows Sicilian tenors – Caruso, along with former Michigan residents Sam Vitale and Elio Scaccio – performing classic Neapolitan music like “Nessun Dorma”, romantic old-school Italian songs, hits by Broadway including “Phantom of the Opera”, some pop arias and others, and ends with patriotic material.
When the classically-trained trio opened for the late comedian Joan Rivers, she dubbed them the âThree Tenors Meet the Rat Packâ because of their camaraderie and good-natured humor on stage.
The concert was actually filmed in late 2018 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Weinberg, MD. Its production and assembly fell victim to the pandemic, but has since come to an end.
Caruso, who grew up in Fraser and attended Fraser High School, said he took advantage of downtime during COVID-19 to do a self-inventory as well as work to improve vocal techniques with his fellow tenors .
âWe absolutely missed our audience. We’ve done a bunch of live shows on Facebook in the meantime. Every Friday we would get together, drink some wine and sing songs. We were looking for ways to connect with our fans that we couldn’t do in person, âhe said.
âWe took the time to tighten up the show and the song arrangements. And then we started working on our next vacation show. We also each worked on ourselves. We had to remove some covid weight.
Caruso met Vitale, a US Ari Force veteran, while they were both students at the University of Michigan. Soon after, they met Scaccio. They modeled themselves on the three tenors – Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavaroti.
They’ve performed everywhere, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, from Carnegie Hall to Ford Field.
âAfter hearing the Three Tenors when they released their first concert in Rome in 1990, something struck me,â said Caruso. âI said ‘This is it. This is what I want to do. And now look at me, a little boy from Fraser goes around the world with his friends.
The Sicilian tenors will also perform on Friday January 28, 2022 at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren.
Tickets cost $ 62, $ 52, $ 42, and $ 28. Call the showroom for more information or to purchase tickets at 586-268-3200.