“At La Scala my dreams come true” – Corriere.it

“At La Scala my dreams come true” – Corriere.it
“At La Scala my dreams come true” – Corriere.it
from Giuseppina Manin

Discovered by Dominique Meyer, the 24-year-old soprano will be the protagonist of three operas at the Piermarini in Milan. If I became a singer I owe it to dad

Of that Buscaglione who made sixties girls dream by whispering I found my love in Portofino, Federica Guida, 24, does not even know its existence. Yet she could sing that song, who in Portofino did not find love but a brilliant career start s. Two summers ago Federica, a young soprano of high hopes and little fame, decides to bet on what old Fred called the strange game of fate and leaves Sicily for Liguria.

I had discovered on Facebook the existence of “Clip”, the contest international for new opera voices held in Portofino. I was in a dark period, without work, without prospects, I decided to try, he tells. In your pocket only the plane ticket and a few euros. Never been to the Riviera, cousins ​​from Rapallo hosted me. I sang “I want to live” from “Romo and Juliet” by Gounod and the aria of “Queen of the night” from “Magic Flute” by Mozart. I found myself among the 25 finalists. Those who pass the turn are hosted in the most beautiful villas, invited to exclusive parties. It seemed like a dream to me.

Dream culminating in the coronation in the square of Portofino. Federica won. It is not enough. That same evening Dominique Meyer, president of the “Clip” jury who was about to leave Vienna for La Scala, proposed that I move to the Staatsoper for an entire season. Alone, without knowing the language. The only words I knew were those of the “Queen of the Night”… You can do it, Meyer told me. He believed in me more than I believed myself. was a second father.

One year after his debut at La Scala. A replacement in the race like Despina in “Cos fan all”. went well. So good that next season she will see her at Piermarini in three titles: In September “La Calisto”By Cavalli, then “Thas”By Massenet and “A masked ball” as Oscar, my first role en travesti. For her, so feminine, a change of sex is not easy. But under appearances I hide a bad boy soul. Ruber gestures and attitudes to my male friends.

Being a singer today means being an actress. I just wore iclothes1950s by Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi” by Damiano Michieletto. A film-opera where for the first time you sing live, the music comes through the earphones and the conductor, Stefano Montanari, gives the attacks on the set. Michieletto made me fall in love with this simple girl to whom Puccini entrusts one of the most beautiful arias, “Oh my dear daddy”. I sang it with tears in my eyes, thinking of my father. If I became a singer I owe it to him.

At the age of six Federica listens to Lara Fabian on the radio in Slowly and starts to sing with her, climbing up to the highest notes. My father was there, he decided I had to study music. At 16 he goes to opera for the first time, at Massimo, Traviata. And that evening I decide: one day it will be Violetta Valery. Traviata not yet arrived, but life and work have already given a lot to Federica. I was kissed by the Lord. I am a believer, my father of evangelical faith, we go to church to sing hymns. Pray singing pray more.

July 26, 2021 (change July 26, 2021 | 21:31)

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