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Connecting Past, Present and Future
by Maria Nockin
It is a cool, gray, late spring day as I speak with Marcello Giordani who is at his New York City apartment. He is just finishing up his 2009-10 Metropolitan opera engagement, during which he has sung Calaf in Pucciniís Turandot, Gabriele Adorno in Verdiís Simon Boccanegra, and Cavaradossi in Pucciniís Tosca. Although he is in the United States, his heart is in his hometown of Augusta, Sicily, where the sun shines much more often and a gentle breeze warms both head and heart.
In addition to his busy stage career, Giordani has big ideas about giving back to the next generation of singers. Last May he started a foundation to assist young singers in beginning their careers. This new organization is still in the developing stages, but Giordani already has selected his first benefactors. These singers will participate in masterclasses with Giordani, and then the foundation will assist them with whatever they need to be ready to audition for major opera companies.
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