Marcello Giordani awarded the “Taormina Prize for the arts and the sciences”

Marcello Giordani: Voice and Passion
A special encounter with Maestro Giordani, recipient of the award of the XXVI edition of “Taormina Prizes for the Arts and the Sciences 2013” given to those who, like him, have contributed to the recognition of the names of Taormina and Sicily throughout the world.

Maestro Giordani, today you are considered to be one of the most interesting tenors of the international panorama. What can an artist of your level still desire, having already conquered Europe and America with your voice and your charisma?

I would say that I’ve already realized all my dreams as far as my career is concerned, and to receive this prize is a great honor for me, especially in Sicily, my homeland.

How much has your being an Italian contributed to your professional and artistic choices? Do you feel that you owe something to the tradition of Italian opera?

I do owe a debt to Italy and to the tradition of Italian opera because thanks to Italy I’ve become who I am, and that’s why it’s with great honor that I carry my “Sicilianity” with me, and that I’m proud to travel around the world making the Italian language known through the music.

The Foundation that you created serves as a point of reference for many talented young people. How do you view your mission in relation to the diffusion of belcanto throughout the world?

First of all, I want to thank you for asking the question. The Foundation was created three years ago in the USA to assist young people with talent who wish to embark on a singing career, but also to encourage them to become proficient in the Italian language, which is a primary objective of the Foundation. We help them with monitoring and scouting, with the concerts they sing with me, with masterclasses, and with competitions that offer them the opportunity to further their career.

Young people and opera: an interesting and always new relationship with a wide margin of surprise.

I hope that the number of young people who choose an operatic career continues to increase. I’ve just returned from Bucarest where I had the pleasure of being part of the competition committee. I met many talented singers from 21 to 32 years of age. Great talents, great voices and a great will to succeed. I trust in the younger generation, and despite the many soothsayers who predict that opera is destined to die, I’m convinced of the contrary.

What do you think of the situation in Italy and in Europe at the cultural management level with regard to opera and symphony? Do you think we should take our cue from some of the American initiatives and from the system of private sponsorship?

Absolutely! Because we would profit from a system that in the US rewards true and lasting quality, the kind of quality that does not vanish with a few TV appearances. Today the mass media appreciate only good looks. The talent, the preparation, the study of operatic singing have become optional. Talent and reality shows make you believe that what they present is the “real” musical world, but that is not true.

You are a world citizen and artist; how do you experience the feelings of nostalgia, of absence, of the return to your homeland, subjects that have inspired much of the musical production which still constitutes a large part of the tenor repertory. The Neopolitan songs, for example.

I experience deeply these feelings of solitude when I go abroad, but I’m filled with joy when I meet other Italians, especially Sicilians. They communicate a spirit of fraternity which I no longer find in our homeland. So the nostalgia I feel is compensated by this joy. The nostalgia and the loneliness are always with me, that’s why I’m always happy to return to my Island.

After so many years as a singer, what are the roles in which today, in your splendid maturity, you recognize yourself both vocally and emotionally?

Undoubtedly, Puccini is the composer whom I love the most because, unlike Verdi who more cerebral, he speaks more to the heart and the soul. In the operatic repertory, it is his music that I love most to sing.

Claudia Bilotti Augsdörfer – Scenario (Translated from the Italian)

Dec 4, 2013

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