LA BELLA MUSICA DI BEL CANTO
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Baritone Samuel McDonald, soprano Brenna Markey and tenor Ian Matthew Castro performed "bel canto" opera songs that emphasize the beauty of the human voice. The repertoire included similarly themed Art Songs and selections from from musical theater. Artistic Director Mary Pinto accompanied the singers on piano. Narration by Mariana Karpatova provided insight into the history and meaning behind the Bel Canto (translation "Beautiful Voice") style and the selections in the program.
What is Bel Canto? A style of music that incorporates virtuosic singing which involves a great deal of ornamentation and the ability to sing very evenly from one's low notes to high notes.