About The Program:
The origins of this disc are obviously deeply routed in the bel canto tradition. The term bel canto simply means "beautiful singing" but has come to be known as the operas of the first half of the 19th century specifically those operas composed by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and early Verdi. They were my first introduction to the coloratura repertoire and the bel canto style, which embodies all of the necessary elements for great singing and remains my vocal emphasis. The scholar and the singer within me are very happily married in this repertoire where ornamentation on the repeated sections allows the classical singer the freedom to improvise within the style of that composer. The physical stamina necessary to deliver these florid lines with legato and the right amount of rubato require an accompanist who understands these challenges; literally breathing and thus phrasing with the singer. Within this recording are two settings of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, two of Goethe's Faust, and two "Jewel Songs". These pieces offer great fun to both the singer as interpreter and to the listener in discovering the different renditions of each respective composer. It is a wonderful and exciting journey to see how this style of writing a beautiful florid vocal line has continued throughout the centuries with each composer adding his own particular mark of beauty. This project is representative of that tradition. Running Through The Years takes a journey from 1797-1990.
I hope you enjoy the trip as much as we did!
About The Artists:
Cara Cammaroto is a lyric coloratura soprano who has performed in the U.S., Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. She is considered a specialist in the bel canto style and ornamentation. Ms. Cammaroto is a featured artist at numerous festivals in the above mentioned countries. As a participant of the Bel Canto Institute, Ms. Cammaroto studied and performed many of the early roles featured in her most recent recording Running Through The Years. Within the DC area, Ms. Cammaroto has been an active soprano soloist for a number of concert series and churches. She is the recipient of several notable awards including The Presser Scholar Award, and The Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Ms. Cammaroto holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Vocal coaching with Dr. Michael Cordovana and Jane Bakken Klaviter, Vocal Instruction with Mary Ann Stabile and Raymond McGuire, Master Classes with Dalton Baldwin and Renata Scotto.
Alfred Clark holds a Doctor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. He has
Accompanied master classes for Janos Starker and Richard Stoltzman. He regularly appears with the
Kennedy Center Chamber series and accompanies for the National Symphony Orchestra Youth
Fellowship Program. He has performed throughout Germany and Italy and is a principal accompanist for the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy.