Jonathan Shalit, the man responsible for discovering soprano Charlotte Church, has conceived the latest all-male singing group Teatro.
Comprised of three Britons and one American, Teatro is looking to capitalize off theatre music, much like Il Divo has done with opera. The group's debut album, entitled "xyz," is slated for an October release and features "Maria" (West Side Story), "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (Evita) and "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" (Guys and Dolls), all backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
After a series of auditions and interviews with Shalit and Sony BMG, both in London and New York, Teatro selected American Jeremiah James and his U.K. counterparts, Andrew Alexander, Simon Bailey and Stephen Rahman-Hughes, whose credits range from Broadway and West End to various international stages.
"It's a simple idea and we have managed to make it become a reality by recruiting four young men who together make up a world class act with the ability to become a global success. I honestly believe Teatro could become one of the biggest groups in the world," Shalit said in a statement.
Following the late October release of "xyz," Teatro will launch in Europe beginning in November.