At 26, Vincenzo has had a meteoric rise in the Opera world, having already had debuts across Italy, Germany and Spain and is now enjoying great reviews in his British debut at Grange Park Opera as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un Ballo In Maschera. Vincenzo kindly agreed to meet me and answer a few questions:
Do you enjoy watching opera as well as singing it?
The work is my essence, I was born for this, I like watching it, listening to it, singing it, reciting it and giving emotions.
What’s your dream role?
My dream roles are different, Andrea Chenier, Turandot, Fanciulla del West, but for now it’s still early and so for now they remain a dream, we’ll talk about it in 20 years!
How have you found British audiences?
I have found the British public very attentive and prepared, and they have been wonderful, warm and generous. I really want to thank everyone publicly because they have made this an exceptional first time for me in the UK! Thank you!!
How have you found returning to Un Ballo in Maschera regularly? Are you learning new things about your character Riccardo? How have you found this production at Grange Park Opera?
Grange Park Opera is a beautiful place, everyone works hard to make it work, we have worked on this Un Ballo for two months with Stephen Medcalf, a director with brilliant ideas, who has let me discover new faces of Riccardo and I’m very happy with how that has gone. Wasfi Kani is a wonderful leader at Grange Park Opera, I saw her work hard with the workers and it is the first time in my life that I’ve seen a theatre director working in this way with passion and dedication for their theatre and their land. It was a great example for me as it is for everyone.
What’s been your favourite role so far?
My favorite role so far is the one I’m singing right now- Riccardo in Un Ballo In Maschera, and then in second place there is La Boheme, which is another role that I sing a lot.
These two works physiologically free my voice and characterize it, they reflect a lot in me.
You’ve only done Italian language operas so far in your career, is there another language in particular you would be interested in singing in?
For now I have only sung works in Italian I made many debuts, my repertoire is very focused for now on Verdi and Puccini, two composers that I love so much and that have given me so much, but for the future I’m preparing 3 works in French: Carmen, Werther and Don Carlo.
How do you prepare for a role?
Learning a new role is a long and difficult job. With the Maestro I first study the psychological aspect, I need to understand if the character fits my personality, then we study note by note to make sure not to remain aphonic during the process. Only at the end of this work do we decide if it is necessary to continue to learn everything.
Is there an opera singer’s career that you want to emulate?
There are so many careers and singers that inspire me, my idol is Mario del Monaco, but I’m still listening to Giuseppe di Stefano and Luciano Pavarotti, for me they are examples of people who have spent their lives for music.