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  • Domingo is more limited as an actor than Philippe Noiret, who played Neruda in the film, but he approached the 134th role of his career gamely -- even letting himself appear as an old guy, pants belted above his waist, rather than in the matinee-idol guise that Domingo is still well able to muster -- and sang with autumnal ardor about love, fatherland and poetry.

    Domingo's tenor lifts respectable, but too literal, 'Il Postino' by Daniel Catán

  • So it was this week, as Israel's government was shaken but outwardly unstirred by the entry into politics of a matinee-idol newsman and of a quietly impressive everyman who won his captive son's return from Hamas.

    Bradley Burston: Israel's Netanyahu, The Man Who Can't Lose -- Or Can He?

  • He has matinee-idol good looks and an attractive lyric voice of emerging shadings that, with careful cultivation, could put him on track for solid success in the song repertoire.

    Rodney Punt: Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

  • Domingo is more limited as an actor than Philippe Noiret, who played Neruda in the film, but the 69-year-old approached the 134th role of his career gamely -- even letting himself appear as an old guy, pants belted above his waist, rather than in the matinee-idol guise he is still well able to muster -- and sang with autumnal ardor about love, and fatherland, and poetry.

    Il Postino delivers in LA

  • He has matinee-idol good looks and an attractive lyric voice of emerging shadings that, with careful cultivation, could put him on track for solid success in the song repertoire.

    Rodney Punt: Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

  • There's no movie magic happening, no matinee-idol looks to win us over — just lovely work from a great actor in stride.

    Out of the Picture

  • It showcases a matinee-idol young Scottish squaddie's ruddy complexion, perfect white teeth, and the (now ominously) nicotine-stained fingers of the army careers officer.

    A backwards salute to recruitment films

  • He has a voice reminiscent of the young Jon Vickers, but with more warmth and Mediterranean luster, and the kind of matinee-idol looks and committed acting that make him a compelling presence onstage.

    DVD review: Wagner: Lohengrin. Kaufmann, Harteros, et al. Kent Nagano, conducts the Bavarian State Opera orchestra and chorus

  • With a voice reminiscent of the young Jon Vickers, but with more warmth and Mediterranean luster, and with the kind of matinee-idol looks and committed acting that make him a compelling presence onstage, Kaufmann outclasses all of his current competitors in the heldentenor stakes.

    On DVD: Lohengrin

  • While onstage, Ms. Zamora sang a few duets with Mr. Gunn, the baritone with matinee-idol looks.

    Sting, Trudie Styler: 'Twin Spirits' on Stage

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