Renowned Italian Soprano To Perform Love Songs of Southern Italy

Coinciding with the City of Knoxville’s Italian week and Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, the School of Music will host Italian soprano Manuela Formichella  at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in a guest performance of The Music of Tosti: Love Songs of Southern Italy in Alumni Memorial Building Performance Hall I, room 32. Formichella will also lead a master class with UT voice students the next day.

Formichella is an authority on the music of Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916) and will perform Tosti’s Italian salon music. Both she and the composer are from the same region – Gulianova, Italy. Formichella is nationally renowned in her country, and is currently a faculty member of the Conservatory L. D’Annunzio of Pescara, Italy. For more info, visit her website.

Formichella also will premiere a new work entitled Vorrei, written by assistant professor Brendan McConville, which he describes as “a re-setting of a Tosti work by the same name,” and “a modern homage to 19th century Italian salon music.”