Aussie singer Cosima De Vito on Postcards from Italy, Sydney Opera House

When Cosima De Vito withdrew from season 1 of Australian Idol in 2003, I felt a little sad. I had followed the season for a while and Cosima was the one with the clear, silvery voice, if that is even such a thing.  It rang out, most evident (to me) in her performance of Cold Chisel’s When The War Is Over.  Did everyone go to school/uni/work whatever the next day with Cosima’s “Ain’t nobody gonna steal this heart away” reverberating in their heads?

She left because of throat nodules, and luckily she did, because her career would have been cut short.  But 13 years on, and she’s now a platinum selling artist, as well as the first Independent artist to debut at number one on the Aria charts (with her rendition of “When The War Is Over).  And although she secured a Pop Republic nomination for Favourite Australian Artist and Favourite Single for 2016, she’s never far from her Italian roots.  Cosima talks about her upcoming performance in Postcards from Italy at the Sydney Opera House, and her collaboration with fellow performers Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, guitarist Giuseppe Zangari and tenor Daniel Tambasco.

How did you get the cast/crew/team together?

Victoria, Guiseppe and Daniel have worked together for years. I am the newby. Victoria and I became friends during my wedding. She performed beautifully at my church ceremony.

Can you describe classical Italian music, and how this is different to other classical music in Europe?

Italian classical music I find is quite melodic, dramatic and melancholic. The music is very emotional and their lyrics are poetic.

What defines this genre of music? For Italian music, is it the time period, the geography, the composers?

With Italian music, it is a little of everything. I am in love with the Renaissance period because it was quite melodic. Different regions of Italy have different dialects and customs which influence the music.

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Italian music is nostalgic and very emotional. Even if you don’t understand the language, the music alone pierces your heart. The language is romantic. Italians are story tellers and patriotic. The lyrics and music are an extension of the kind of people they are. They are intense, and loud and great lovers of music. Italian’s are all about family and they live to eat and sing.

Who are some of the composers you’ll be showcasing during the performance?

Eduardo Di Capua wrote O Sole Mio in 1898, which is one of my favourite tracks to sing. David Foster wrote The Prayer, he is one of my favourite modern composers. He’s written a lot of songs for Celine Dion.

Are there any familiar songs you’ll be performing that we might have heard elsewhere?

I’ll be performing The Prayer by Andrea Boccelli & Celine Dion and other classics.

Italian music is nostalgic and very emotional. Even if you don’t understand the language, the music alone pierces your heart

Sydney’s undergoing a lot of development and restructure – do you think this is true for its performing arts culture, and where do you think events like Postcards from Italy fit into Sydney in the future?

Australia was built on multiculturalism. Postcards from Italy celebrates the beautiful culture and music of a much loved country.

 Finally, favourite piece from Postcards from Italy and why?

I’m looking forward to singing “The Prayer” with Daniel. Daniel and I have never sung together and I always sing this song on my own so it will be nice to sing the song as a duet as it was written.

 

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Book your tickets

Postcards from Italy is on at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, 22nd May, with two performances, one at 3pm and another at 6pm.  Tickets start from $25, and can be purchased via the Sydney Opera House booking page.  For more information visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/postcards_from_italy_2016.aspx

 

Featured image via Pixabay under Creative Commons CC0.  Main image of Cosima De Vito via event organisers.

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