Now where were we?

•April 20, 2020 • Comments Off on Now where were we?

Have not posted since 2018. Very unusual busy time and wonderful moments. More to come, but this was some of the highlights in between.

May I just say that sharing music with an audience is one of the great privileges of any career. Every time is so unique and precious. My debt with the NYCO was worh the wait…. packed house on a frigid New York night, and the audience came to enjoy and catch up with a women they have seen since she was 22 years old. The great triumphs and the odd lows, they came knowing it all, and I am deeply grateful they were curious to hear more and support a great and emotional evening of singing. Generous with their time and their talents, my blazing orchestra, pianist Inseon Lee and Merynda Adams on harp, Christopher Collins Lee on Violin and for the Aida duet, Kevin Short as Amonasaro….all splendid…..

A return to Carnegie Hall, the new Zankle Hall. A lovely if somewhat dry acoustic, but now a dear friend in theaters I have had the privilege to share music in. My debut with the New York City Opera came in Recital. More to share but for now this little update…

Christopher Collins Lee, Inseon Lee, myself, and Merynda Adams for the NYCO debut of this generation of Millo in front of my beloved New York public that watched me grow up, packed to the rafters and cheering madly. Made my heart sing!!!
Curtain calls and bouquets and love both ways!
A terrific post on Instagram gives from great flavor…..what a collage he made. Talented gentleman and so very exciting for me to see.

This was such a dream come true. The reviews, all quite encouraging, left me hungry to do more. I will have that chance…but more on that when I can announce.

In July winning the Verdi Lifetime Achievement Award, Verdi D’Oro of Busseto, Italy.

Stay tuned for more news abut a new website, and a host of other lovely opportunities for those that love my work. Even during a quarantine…can you imagine… Pryaing for all those who have lost someone, or have loved ones in trouble. WE can get through this….stay home. stay alive and stay ready to vote as if our lives and loves and democracy depended on it.

It does.

Son molti fior……..

A Flame comes from within…..

•November 1, 2018 • Comments Off on A Flame comes from within…..

First chance in forever to sit and contemplate the lovely summer I just had…. so much service to music and so much opportunity to help and then the added gift of being able to sing…. I had never hoped to make London one of the glorious cities I had a love affair with the public, but I did get to have this amazing opportunity for just that.

A brand new organization of about maybe two years in London, The London Bel Canto Festival held Master Classes and musical events to further the continues appreciation of the Bel Canto traditions, begun by Kenneth Langley Querns and a program that offers also classes of real detail with many famed opera greats, Bruce Ford one of the first to help form the Festival……..just heaven, and they asked me come to do a Master Class and a Recital….and there it is…. worked with some really good talent and wonderful young people, and musical associates and had a terrific time. There is a lot of talent.

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Millo before the Recital in London Debut....

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The Hall itself was gorgeous, and the people who run it are crackerjack spot on with their professional but very gracious way of helping you be your best. To those who work at the Cadogan Hall, my sincerest compliments. There we were in the mid august period, not a lot of publicity, and apart from some well placed interviews before the recital, this young group had its work cut out for them. Proms week in London. Very hard, and most of the PR there are only interested in people who don’t really need much help. Disappointing only their lack of imagination, and real knowledge of those that serve this music….but I must say, after they saw the reaction to some of the interviews they were able to procure, it got their attention and we all learned something….so that is good too. Oh well, flash forward, we had a terrific and enthusiastic crowd and one certainly ready to receive and enjoy and truly fabulous press.

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I won’t hold back here, I had a ball. My pianist, musical collaborators were extraordinary considering the very limited time we had to rehearse, and i am in their debt for their supreme support and good will.  In Italy by way of Korea, I found a young powerhouse pianist through my academy in Italy, and we just happened to meet in front of La Scala and that was that. Inseon Lee is a treasure to anyone who loves selfless, magnificent orchestral like playing…. she is so open and old time opera savvy…. plays for the Accademia della Scala, and really everywhere they want great playing,

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the fabulous John Copley……

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This was graciously recorded at the back of the auditorium, and on a zoom…. but it will remain a wonderful memory for me of a dream come true…..never stop dreaming…. it is the stuff of magic….. SO very thrilled and much more to come.

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Love Went a ‘riding

Ne poi kratsavitza    in loving memory of Dima.

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For Verne O Hara, our Princess Verne and her daughter, Leslie O’Hara.

Rose of Traelee and Bendeemer Stream and Danny Boy for my parents.

In Memory of my great friend and teacher, Rita Patane’ and Dr. Simonetta Puccini, both are in my heart every day…..   Cecilia…. full of emotion…..

Non t’amo piu

Insolitaria Stanza   Verdi

Aida  of Verdi      Ciel Mio Padre with Baritone, Jeffrey Carl

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A Stirring Within……

•February 1, 2018 • Comments Off on A Stirring Within……

Operavision Brochure 2018A strange and bittersweet end to 2017, with so much emotion and so many friends having crossed, I cannot comprehend the losses.…..

My beloved friend and voice guide, one of the greatest people I will ever have known or will know,  Madame Rita Patanè passed away after a short illness but it was not expected and she was so deeply mourned by her family, Francesca and Paola, and her many many students all over the world…. I will never be able to thank her, and will write even more when I can see better the keyboard….it makes me cry still…. such an honest woman of great integrity and an amazing voice herself….from the very school herself of Maria Carbone.  Rita from my heart, I love and thank you with everything I am…..

The God took Dima, great Russian baritone and dearest friend, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. A giant energy left the world when he ended skyward….you can almost feel a shift in the orbit of the world….. his beloved Florence and children, his parents, his family…. I cannot speak of it still…. love him forever, and then to escort this great voice to Heaven is the beloved granddaughter of Puccini herself, and cherished friend, Dottoressa Simonetta Puccini…. in the course of our friendship I found such solidarity and loyalty and inspiration….. This woman fought to protect her Nono’s legacy….a woman that brilliant in such a man’s world….and she won….!!!  through great wisdom and charm and true grit….after all Puccini’s blood ran in her veins…..Only people who didn’t really know her called her “tosto”…..she never wasted time with fools….but was always generous and open with young people who she knew were curious and genuine about their love for Puccini;s music…. I will never forget the friendship shown to me and the true affection….On Claudia Muzio’s birthday Feb.7th in 2014 I made my debut in the role of Giorgetta, (Muzio was the premiere Giorgetta for Puccini) and she was in the third row or so clapping and smiling and afterwards, gave me such a hug….. at the Teatro Carlo Felice in gorgeous Genoa…

I will write in great detail about these great people in my life….and the loves of all who attended Operavision Academy and especially Maria Vetere who she showered great praise and friendship…..her generosity and care….and that of all who worked steadfastly by her side in Irene Orlandi and Patrizia Mavilla…. and so many more cherished people…..

So, a stirring within to sing, to make music, brings me back to Italy…. to be reborn in the happiness of giving and loving…. and being there at any time is such a rare privilege…… so I have many wonderful things to share….. the first will be a collaboration with the fabulous young producer, Raffaella Franci and Theatron, with Paola Colombrosi as they have invited me to do a Master Class in the historic city of Castles and pageantry, Città della Pieve.… one on one, and it seems there is great interest, so how nice is this!!….. with a little visit to Franco Zeffirelli’s magnificent new Fondazione Zeffirelli and a Museo of melodramma that takes your breath away….. so very wonderful and important to see these great displays…..it inflames love for this magical world of opera…..

Please come by  it begins in June, the 23 to July 1, and I am  so very grateful to have working with me to prep the wonderful voices, my stunning colleague from Operavision Academy, Dr. Maria Vetere…..

 

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and then to my beloved city of Verdi, where I won at 20 years old the 18th Edition of the Concorso Voci Verdiane, by unanimos decision the First Prize, a dream that I never imagined would ever gloriously happen and he would shape my life forever…..this year we return by special invitation of the Comune di Busseto, and Fondazione Museo Tebaldi in the great Casa Barezzi….. from July 10th to the 31 of July….. and some further announcements and details are happily being discussed so their is so much to share but for now…..here we are…..  come share this with me….. music…. life….. and the dreams that never die……

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Cannot wait to see Richard again….here with a radiant Maria

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The Summer Sizzled! Onward to More…..

•October 14, 2017 • Comments Off on The Summer Sizzled! Onward to More…..

 

Opera Niagara was a huge revelation to me….so important to help those young talents to use immediately what they learn in studio and in the furnace of the performance help them stay calm to allow it to polish their diamond…..superb….. loved the productions and the performances….. terrific from Maria Vetere and Joel Ricci in La Boheme, Heather Thomas and Giacomo Folinazzo in AIDA, Teiya Kasahara a frighteningly superb Lady Macbeth and Brian Gow and Catherine Wethington among some of the highlights…… More to come on that…..and so happy about it.

 

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But then the Summer, and the great chances to help some more and even sing myself. It is amazing how easy this all becomes now. The world is in turmoil and it needs voices and beauty…..so with that in mind, off we went, Maria Vetere and myself, and had a really marvelous time getting to renew cherished old friendships and baptism a new theater for myself in Italy in recital with the amazing orchestra at the piano of Vincenzo Scalera….. Teatro Avvaloranti in Città della Pieve, in Umbria….a place I had known many years ago, and really fell in love with….so Middle Ages, filled with Castelli and truly amazing warm hearted people. Great packed recital for Raffaella Franci and the Associazione della Amici della Lirica for this picturesque city…. truly fabulous time, and great singing especially form Maria Vetere.  This was a breakout summer for this accomplished young lady….  Here I place a bunch of random shots, from the whole summer and will be more precise with chronological order later…. but did want to say hello to all who follow me here….and to tell you there is a huge announcement coming…..fingers crossed…..hopes high….. it will be amazing……

 

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Some few photos of the Casa Barezzi Bel Canto Evening with Maestro extraordinaire Richard Bonynge and Inseon Lee at piano, and Maria Vetere and Lindsey Duggan closing the program on a rainy and thunder night with the duet of Norma as conducted by this bel canto champion…..

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Visiting in Verdi’s Birth house in Roncole….. with the two musicologists as well as music lovers…..they were so excited, I was over whelmed with the thought of where I was and that young Verdi lived there and drew first inspiration in that house looking at those walls and fixtures….

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We have a mad crush on him….. Mary and He are having a wonderful time in this picture…..it is abundantly clear….. how joyous……

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Almost surrealistic to return to Brazil…..such a part of my life and career…..and such a welcome…..

 

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A house of great memories and an incredible public….. so happy to return now when so much beauty is needed and old friends and fans wanted this so much.  packed house.

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Honored to be given the Claudia Muzio Award and The Ida Miccolis Award from her daughter herself…..very emotional….. Fernando Bicudo made this all come together…… with Maria Vetere featured by the Canadian Government  as well and lauded for being in Brazil… a lovely baritone Davide Marcado, and tenor Eric Herrero and Pricilla Bonfim as pianist…..

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with wonderful friends, and the family of Ida Miccolis, her beloved daughter

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A Summer of Music, Sunflowers and Gorgeous Cities!!!

•May 10, 2017 • Comments Off on A Summer of Music, Sunflowers and Gorgeous Cities!!!

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This Summer is filled with interesting musical evenings for me, beginning with a recital for the newly launched Amici della Lirica di Città Delle Pieve and its founder, Raffaella Franci, figlia d’arte, because yes she is the granddaughter of Italian great Benvenuto Franci and the daughter of Maestro Carlo Franci. A highly acclaimed photographer with many expositions of her evocative photographs, she has begun this most worthy group and has invited me to the glorious city of Città delle Pieve to give a recital. So my summer begins in recital among the sunflowers with great friends, Vincenzo Scalera who is to be  my “orchestra” and he is without a doubt one of the great piano collaborators in the world today and I am really thrilled to make music with him…… I also am so proud to present two extraordinary young singers, the lush velvet voice of a true Italian beauty by way of Canada, Maria Vetere and the handsome honey-colored tenor of Joel Ricci. They are singing the way I like it, full bodied, involved text and beauty of sound. It promises to be very special….. More announcements coming later about several other lovely evenings, but I heartedly recommend not to miss this one….

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My favorite flower, with of course, red roses….. so much of my early time in Italy I would speak to these beautiful flowers and absorb their sunny friendship.

 

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the one and only, Vincenzo Scalera, cannot wait to make music with him.

 

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“The ideal Mimi” is what no less than the granddaughter of Maestro Giacomo Puccini, Dottoressa Simonetta Puccini said of this amazing young soprano, Maria Vetere. I have high hopes for her as a superb Desdemona, Mimí, Leonora, and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra among many roles…..the tone has great beauty and projection and a haunting quality… In a recent Opera Gala in Philadelphia, the critics wrote, ” a dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, with a voice of stunning quality…. she stole the show!”

 

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Mr. Joel Ricci is the throwback to tenors when they sang with grace and style, a beautiful, honey color…. recently won the Benvenuto Franci Opera Pienza competition with Adua Veroni as president who adored greatly his beautiful tone. One of my favorite young voices…..

 

And then on the sixth of July…..I celebrate my beloved sister Grace’s birthday, who is coming with me to share in the beauty of this place, our friends and the great music.

Brava Gracie….. 

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The Sanctuary Sessions

•February 20, 2017 • Comments Off on The Sanctuary Sessions

For years I listened to a fabulous two disc set of Rosa Ponselle called the Villa Pace Recordings. In them, she recorded, sometimes playing for herself, songs and arias she always wanted to sing.. I thought how magnificent, and it occurred to me that I might have some fun, get my mind off the political horror of today, and cloak myself in the mantle of music, surround myself in new roles, make music with wonderful new friends and old friends, in new chances to share my voice with those that enjoy it, and as such, I am proud to announce that coming out in September will be a gathering of at least nine new pieces, in the

              Aprile Millo~The Sanctuary Sessions.

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It is to be recorded mostly in Toronto’s beautiful Trinity Saint Paul’s United- which has a gorgeous place to record and to perform called the Sanctuary….where i did a very wonderful recital in 2015.It is the home of Taefelmusic….

So, on this recording will be arias and several duets I have not formally recorded, some will surprise and some will be very much in keeping with my history as a Verdi lover…. some lieder, some songs, and very interesting I sincerely hope, will be the little web episodes that I am filming that will explain why I picked the music I have… and talk a little about my love for music and especially the magic of opera…. this will evolve into several other projects I am very excited to begin, and that will be shared a little later…. For now, a call to arms for my soul in service to music…. I don’t feel well when not creating or finding new mountains to climb and just being about the glory of singing and recreating as best I can the wishes of the  composers….. It will all be released on Apple Music and I so hope you enjoy it half as much as I will enjoy doing it….Music is my salvation… and as I said in the beginning of my life as a servant of music, I will give till I have no more….

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Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA (For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti

•December 15, 2016 • Comments Off on Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA (For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti

 

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Opera Legend Aprile Millo Releases Single, ‘AVE MARIA (For the Children of Haiti)’ to Benefit Victims of Hurricane in Haiti

Opera legend Aprile Millo has teamed up with dynamic young soprano Maria Vetere for a new holiday release, a new AVE MARIA to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

When Classical Music Editor of BroadwayWorld.com Peter Danish heard from the pastor of a local Haitian church that donations were down significantly because of the bad press surrounding the Red Cross and devastating toll on resources all over the world,  Danish contacted opera legend Aprile Millo with an idea. He suggested Millo record a spiritual prayer in song, a special  AVE MARIA for the holidays, with 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the recording to go to Hurricane relief. Millo, one of the world’s best-loved sopranos, called “the high priestess of that old time operatic religion,”  for her authentic Italian soprano and riveting stage actress, has had a career spanning 30 years on the world’s greatest operatic stages. Millo agreed and they went to work. Time was extremely short for a Xmas release, but Danish found everyone he reached out to gladly offered to help.

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A GLOBAL VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA: Danish enlisted help of musician friends and in a little over two weeks over 20 musicians from 8 countries contributed their time and talents to the song: a choir in Venezuela, a string quartet in Israel, a cellist from Croatia, flautist from the Netherlands, and the list goes on and on. Millo reached out to the wonderful young Canadian soprano Maria Vetere to join her in a duet of the track.

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“The out-pouring of offers was completely overwhelming!” said Danish. “The difficulty was that I hadn’t even written parts for all of these instruments. But we won’t turn anyone down that wants to help. We’ll make it work. It’s been crazy, but good crazy and for a great cause.”

The prayer in song, AVE MARIA holds a very special significance for the people of Haiti.
“Since Peter first played the song for me, the melody has haunted me!” said Millo of the song, which hits the stores this week just in time for holiday gift giving.

“At holiday time, it’s especially important to remember those who are less fortunate than us. Think about the kind of Christmas the children of Haiti are going to have this year,” said Dordy Joseph, of the Church of God, in Nyack, NY. “We at Nyack Church of God are thrilled that Aprile Millo, Maria Vetere and Peter Danish have given so unselfishly of their time to help the kids. Every little bit helps.”

The song is  available on iTunes and Amazon.com as well as several other download services worldwide.

 

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