Soprano to sing of ’La Bella Italia’ at Center for Performing ArtsWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
While Barbara Rondelli Perry has performed more than 50 major operatic roles on three continents, she’s never forgotten her roots.
The lyric soprano grew up in Chicopee, Kan.
“When I was 15 and learning to sing Italian arias, my father would help me with the pronunciations; he could speak excellent Italian. I’m second-generation Italian, and my father was first-generation Italian, born in this country,” the University of Toledo professor of music said.
For a long time, Rondelli Perry wanted to put together an Italian concert program to pay tribute to her parents and grandparents.
“La Bella Italia — Italian and Neapolitan Songs and Arias” will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall on Main Campus. Rondelli Perry will be accompanied by pianist Robert Ballinger, UT lecturer in music and director of the Opera Workshop.
“My grandparents and parents, like the other immigrants of the 19th and 20th century, while proud of their native heritage, were so thankful and even more proud to be Americans,” reads the dedication in the concert program.
Perry will sing songs by Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Gioacchino Rossini, Francesco Cilèa, Stefano Donaudy, Francesco Paolo Tosti, and Luigi Denza. The program features diverse selections from the 17th through the 20th centuries. In the 17th century arias, Perry will sing her own embellishments and cadenzas.
For more information on the free, public performance, contact the UT Music Department at (419) 530-2448.