Touring the world for his sold-out concerts, Italian tenor Alessandro Safina hears a constant refrain: You look like George Clooney
. "It makes me laugh, but it's better than being compared to Danny DeVito," says Safina, 38, whose self-titled debut album of opera-inflected pop music (dubbed "pop-op") has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide since its 2000 release. Raised in Siena, where "he had huge eyes and was always surrounded by little girls," says his mother, Franca, 69, the 6-ft. former law student is luring legions of big girls with his emotive style and unabashed masculinity. "Alessandro's very animated, with a lot of energy," notes voice coach Federico Faggion of his star pupil, who has dated Italian dancer Lorenza Mario, 32, for five years. At home in Rome, that energy isn't spent at the gym ("no time") or at the mirror. "Men these days are more groomed than women—the highlights, plucked eyebrows and pierced ears," says Safina, who is perfectly at ease with his salt-and-pepper hair, which began graying when he was 18. "Onstage," he says, "the color shines in the lights."