On Sunday, I had a very pleasant surprise when I attended a concert of the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the musical direction and conductor of Richard Fazio.
Dr. Fazio is originally from Pittsburg and received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Fazio served for five years as Artistic Director of The Metropolitan Bach Festival in Maryland. He was also the Music Director/Conductor for the Washington Savoyards and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. He represented nationally selected conductors in the Gino Marinuzzi International Conducting completion in San Remo, Italy.
The concert titled An Evening in Italy included a stirring and polished opening of Vincenzo Bellini’s Overture to Norma by the polished, rich sounding orchestra. The irresistible charm and romantic repertoire of the love duet from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme and Madama Butterfly captivated each listener with poignant lyricism. The magnificent orchestrations of the selection from Benjamin Britten’s Soirées Musicales left the audience clamoring for more.
Ms. Christina Massimei soprano who interpreted selections of Puccini’s La Boheme and Madama Butterfly blew me away with the clarity, force and sheer beauty of her voice. She brought a wondrous dramatic truth to vocal and physical characterization, something very hard to do when you are as young as Ms. Massimei. Her voice constantly crescendoed and then diminuendoed quickly as if expressing Mimi’s desire to fully reveal herself.
I wish that I had a video to show you the musical joy that the audience was treated to an unforgettable performance filled with unbridled with passion and energy.